Mexico Seeks To Decriminalize All Drugs

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Instead of funding the "War on Drugs," Mexico's president wants to invest resources completely in drug rehabilitation.

Mexico’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said last week he will strive to decriminalize drug consumption and wants the U.S. to do the same, according to Newsweek Magazine.

The National Development Plan released by the Mexican president called the country's "prohibitionist strategy " unsustainable, and argues for channeling the funds currently dedicated to the war on drugs into treatment programs.

"The war on drugs has been extremely costly, not just in terms of government resources, but also human lives, and it has failed to accomplish its objective,” said the president, known in Mexico as AMLO.

The plan calls for negotiating with the United States and the United Nations to implement similar policies.

Mexico's efforts are mirrored in the international community. In 2018, the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), a coalition of 170 NGOs specializing on drug issues, released a report that highlighted the rise in violence caused by the “spectacular” failure of the global war on drugs. According to the IDPC drug-linked deaths spiked 145 percent in the past 10 years.

In the United States, polls suggest that marijuana legalization enjoys bipartisan support. President Trump has also manifested himself in favor of easing marijuana laws. Total drug decriminalization, however, has not been widely discussed in Washington, according to Newsweek.

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