Tuesday, October 28, 2008


(Washington, D.C.) The Marijuana Policy Project today congratulated White House “drug czar” John Walters for backing a Mexican government proposal that would remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

“I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but John Walters is right,” said MPP executive director Rob Kampia. “We heartily second his support for eliminating criminal penalties for marijuana users in Mexico, and look forward to working with him to end such penalties in the U.S. as well.”

On Oct. 22, The New York Times reported Walters’ public support for a drug decriminalization proposal by Mexican President Felipe Calderon, quoting Walters as saying, “I don’t think that’s legalization.”

Under Calderon’s proposal, individuals caught with small quantities of marijuana would receive no jail sentence or fine and would not receive a criminal record so long as they complete either drug education or, if addicted, drug treatment. Unlike proposals supported by MPP, the Mexican president’s proposal would also decriminalize possession of small amounts of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.

“It’s fantastic that John Walters has recognized the massive destruction the drug war has inflicted on Mexico and is now calling for reforms there, but he’s a rank hypocrite if he continues opposing similar reforms in the U.S.,” Kampia said. “The Mexican proposal is far more sweeping than MPP’s proposals to decriminalize marijuana or make marijuana medically available, both of which John Walters and his henchmen rail against.”

In a March 19, 2008, press release from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, deputy director Scott Burns called a New Hampshire proposal to impose a $200 fine rather than jail time for a small amount of marijuana “a dangerous first step toward complete drug legalization.”



Mayberry said...

I hope hell is freezing over.... The "war on drugs" has been nothing but another excuse to burn billions of dollars, and create another paramilitary force to harass non violent "criminals" and average citizens... Marajuana, 'shrooms, peyote, etc. should be legalized and taxed, thereby creating revenue instead of wasting it... If you want to blow yer mind, be my guest. Grow some pot in your garden. Hey, it's good for what ails ya!

Natog said...

I have in my list of stuff to write about, and the 3rd war America is fighting. That would be the drug war. I can go and buy almost any drug I want at any time. Guess the enforcement isn't working so good. I'm still figuring out what my thoughts are on the subject. I know mandatory minimums do not work, and I know we are spending billions and billions on fighting this war that could be spent somewhere else.