ARISTEGUI NOTICIAS — The President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, participated on Tuesday in the Special Session at the United Nations headquarters in New York, where he proposed a decalogue to address the scourge of drugs.
Regarding it, Jorge Hernandez Tinajero, a political scientist and president of the Collective for Comprehensive Drug Policy, said:
“This government has no idea, no concrete idea of what to do with drugs. On the one hand, it is clear that the discourse of being hard on drugs is finished, of using all the power of the State to stop the evil of drugs.”
In an interview with Carmen Aristegui on CNN, he said that now
“they find themselves in uncharted territory, in which clearly the president doesn’t feel at all comfortable. In fact, he was in doubt about whether to attend the UN to talk about it, and then, in part of his speech, he resorted to cliches; he didn’t introduce new language on the subject. Many of the themes he talked about have been discussed for a long time in the international rhetoric about drugs.
“Drugs have been talked about as a public health issue forever, but in reality, that isn’t so in Latin America or in the United States, where they have the largest prison population of drug users in the world.”
He stressed that President Enrique Peña Nieto,
“is not very clear; it is too early to really know what his position will be. He has said that personally he is against drugs. For example, he talked about decriminalization, but here nothing has happened. They are talking about increasing the amount a person can possess as a measure of decriminalization, but if they understood that issue a little more, they would realize that the system of thresholds works very poorly in our society. [MV Note: Current Mexican law allows an individual to possess less than .2 oz of marijuana. Talk is of increasing this to 1 oz.]
“The exercise of the law focuses on the weakest, who are the users and very small dealers, women who are responsible for a family and who have to smuggle drugs sometimes. This is where the law is merciless, and the big business is nowhere.”
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