MEXICO CITY -- Both President Bush and Vicente Fox, the president of
Mexico, are saying that Mexican migration to the United States will be on
their agenda when they meet tomorrow at Mr. Fox's ranch. Most Americans
understand what a big issue this is for domestic politics in the United
States. Fewer may realize that it is also a subject of great internal
interest in Mexico.
Many Mexicans are deeply concerned about the hostility and even violence
that meet their countrymen at the border. President Fox wants the United
States to begin to open the border and stop mistreatment of the Mexicans
who work hard in American harvests and labor in American cities. "Open
borders will take time to phase in," Mr. Fox said last year, "but building
up walls, putting up arms and dedicating billions of dollars, as every
border state in the United States is doing to avoid migration, is not the way."
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Only a handful of people attended a Wednesday rally organized by a group
advocating the end of the "war on drugs."
"Other cities turn out by the score (for such protests). But on the border,
so many people make a living in the war on drugs," said Deitra Lied, a
leader of the local chapter of the November Coalition, a national
The group had scheduled a vigil for Wednesday at the First Amendment Space
in the Chamizal National Memorial to commemorate the 2 million Americans
behind bars last year.
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Just before her son's 16th birthday, Isabel Loxley discovered that he
was smoking cannabis. She confiscated his supply. But what to do next,
as a liberal parent - ground him, or just hand the joints back?
It was his ghostly pallor and refusal to eat supper that gave him away.
Adam thought he was sick and suggested he lie down while the others ate.
Later, after clearing up, Adam went up to his room - two flights, to the
top of the house - to see if he was OK. Forgetting to knock, Adam opened
the door to find Joe on his bed, joint alight.
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I believe it is incomprehensible that in his letter to you ("A bad
decision," Jan. 13) Erik R. Anderson has the audacity to comment in such a
way concerning an experienced judge's decision (Dec. 20 hearing on Marcus
West's marijuana charge). First of all, if this writer is so concerned
about and fears pot, then he needs to take a reality check and read medical
documents on the product before categorizing it as "a dangerous threat to
our community." Second, his comment that "Judge (Julie) Stevenson
apparently ignored the expert testimony of Cpl. Tim Duhan ..." -- was he
even listening to himself when he wrote that?
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New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, a Republican, has sent to the state
legislature a bill that would decriminalize possession of 1 ounce of
marijuana. The New York Times reported today that 10 other states have
already done that. Which states are they? And what does it mean to
The states are Alaska, California, Colorado, Nebraska, New York, North
Carolina, Maine, Minnesota, Ohio, and Oregon. These state legislatures
(except Alaska's) decriminalized marijuana possession in the 1970s. Oregon
was the first, in 1973, following the recommendations of the Nixon
administration's National Commission on Marijuana Use (also known as the
Shafer Commission). Nebraska was the last, in 1979. Another state,
Mississippi, decriminalized marijuana possession in the '70s but later
recriminalized it as a misdemeanor offense.
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Marijuana brought the Kent State Student Center to life last night as more
than 900 listeners crowded the Ballroom to watch a debate on the
legalization of the drug sponsored by the All-Campus Programming Board.
The heavily pro-legalization audience cheered often and loudly for High
Times magazine editor Steve Hager, who argued his belief that marijuana is
connected to his spirituality.
"They can't argue against my right to have my own spirituality," Hager
said. "And cannabis happens to be a part of that spirituality. They can't
take that away."
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ONE in three heroin addicts is more scared of police involvement after an
overdose than saving the life of a co-user, according to a new
report.Heroin deaths have doubled in the past decade, but users are
refusing to call an ambulance as they fear being caught.
The Australian Institute of Criminology report released yesterday revealed
the startling figures which showed heroin users were abandoning their
mates. The report found 15 years of drug education - telling witnesses to
heroin overdoses to get medical help - was falling on deaf ears.
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I was encouraged to read "Colombia's Drug War Must Be Won in the U.S." by
William Ratliff (Commentary, Feb. 11). We need to overhaul our entire drug
policy in the U.S. My family and I lived in Ecuador, a neighboring country
to Colombia, and we are dismayed at how the U.S. drug policies in Colombia
are now destabilizing Ecuador. We fear that this scenario will be played
out throughout Latin America to the detriment of ultimate U.S. interests.
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What kind of totalitarian police state allows the government to seize the
personal property of individuals who haven't been convicted of even a
That'd be the good old U.S. of A.
It's called civil forfeiture, and police agencies don't just use it; many
depend on it for large chunks of their operating budgets. From 1992 to
1999, law enforcement agencies in Washington state confiscated more than
$38 million worth of homes, cars, boats and other goods and cash.
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LOS ANGELES -- A man reputed to be the Mexican Mafia's highest-ranking Los
Angeles leader was convicted yesterday of orchestrating three murders and
ordering the killings of eight people.
Mariano "Chuy" Martinez, 42, could be the first person in 51 years to face
the death penalty after a federal court conviction in Los Angeles. The same
jury on Feb. 21 will begin hearing evidence on whether he should be
executed or sentenced to life in prison. That hearing could take a month,
and the judge is bound by the jury's decision.
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SAN CRISTOBAL, Mexico -- President Vicente Fox strode confidently across
the shady plaza where President Bush will arrive tomorrow to talk
Fox was smiling. He was upbeat about the presidential visit. But he was
also clear and emphatic about what he wants to achieve. He lifted his long
fingers one by one as he ticked off the items on the agenda:
"The issue of immigration. The issue of drug trafficking. The issue of
energy. The issue of economic development," Fox said as he stood before a
gaggle of microphones after attending Sunday Mass in the pueblo's
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