September 2, 2009
Apanel led by former presidents of Brazil, Colombia and Mexico recommended a new paradigm for the war on drugs earlier this year, and now Latin America is heeding their advice. Mexico and Argentina have begun to relax penalties for possession of small quantities of illegal drugs, treating personal use as a victimless crime and husbanding resources for the fight against big-time narcotics traffickers in a global business that the United Nations values at more than $300 billion annually.
June 21, 2009 |
Could Mexican cities become Latin Amsterdams, flooded by drug users seeking penalty-free tokes and toots? That is the fear, if somewhat overstated, of some Mexican officials, especially in northern border states that serve as a mecca for underage drinkers from the United States. The anxiety stems from the Mexican legislature's quiet vote to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and other drugs, an effort that in the past proved controversial.
December 27, 2003
Re "The Illegal Drug Trade Is Actually Obeying the Law -- of Supply and Demand," by James Zirin, Commentary, Dec. 22: Interdiction of illegal drugs has been used unsuccessfully to control the use of drugs. It is necessary to make the use of illegal drugs socially unacceptable here in the U.S. How can we do this? The government cannot order drug-testing of all individuals. But many companies test employees for drug use now; the government can subsidize the cost of drug testing for every employer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2000 |
We all understand the constitutionally guaranteed right to a trial by our peers. However, the ballooning of the judicial system, brought on largely by the "lottery" attitude toward personal-injury lawsuits and the drug industry, is out of hand and desperately in need of overhaul. The Times missed that point in its article, "Tough Rules for Jury Duty Try Patience of Residents," May 28. Recently I wasted a full day serving my "civic duty" along with 150 more silent lambs in the jury assembly room.
April 23, 2000
Idea--save lives: Criminalize guns; decriminalize drugs! LOUIS S. LYONS Woodland Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1997 |
Orange County Superior Court Judge James P. Gray began a leave of absence Wednesday to campaign for the congressional seat now held by Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove). Gray, a Republican best known for supporting the decriminalization of drugs, has hinted for several weeks that he was weighing such a campaign. Republicans Lisa Hughes, a family law attorney and certified public accountant, and Anaheim City Councilman Bob Zemel also have announced their candidacies.