Mexican President Vicente Fox will sign a bill that would legalize the use of nearly every drug and narcotic sold by the same Mexican cartels he’s vowed to fight during his five years in office, reports the Los Angeles Times. The list includes cocaine, heroin. LSD, marijuana, PCP, opium. synthetic opiates, mescaline, peyote, psilocybin mushrooms, and methamphetamines. The per-person amounts approved for possession by anyone 18 or older amount to half a gram of coke, a couple of Ecstasy pills, several doses of LSD, a few marijuana joints, a spoonful of heroin, 5 grams of opium and more than 2 pounds of peyote, the hallucinogenic cactus.
The law would be among the most permissive in the world, putting Mexico in the company of the Netherlands. Critics, including U.S. drug policy officials, worry that it will spur a domestic addiction problem and make Mexico a narco-tourism destination. “Any country that embarks on policies that encourage drug use will get more drug use and more drug addiction,” said Tom Riley of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Mexico has long blamed Americans for fueling the multibillion-dollar illegal drug trade with their $10, $50 and $100 drug purchases.