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Thu August 27, 2009
Mexico Drug Laws Raise Concerns
By KRWG News
El Paso – Mexico now has one of the world's most liberal laws for drug users.
Mexico has eliminated jail time for small amounts of marijuana, cocaine -- even heroin, LSD and methamphetamine.
Stunned police on the U.S. side of the border say the law contradicts President Felipe Calderon's drug war. Some fear it could make Mexico a destination for drug-fueled spring breaks and tourism.
San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne says he's concerned that now students will go to Mexico -- because they can get drugs.
The Mexican law was enacted last week.
The Associated Press reports it's part of a growing trend across Latin America to treat drug use as a public health problem -- and make room in overcrowded prisons for violent traffickers.
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.