May 3, 2006

Mexico’s Fox won’t sign drug law

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Vicente Fox will
not sign widely criticized narcotics legislation until Congress
removes parts of the law that decriminalize the possession of
small amounts of drugs, his office said on Wednesday.

The president's office said the law would be sent back to
Congress for revision.

"In our country the possession of drugs and their
consumption are, and will continue to be, crimes," the office
said in a statement.

The approval of the legislation, passed by Congress last
week, surprised Washington, which counts on Mexico's support in
its war against gangs that move massive quantities of cocaine,
heroin, marijuana and methamphetamines through Mexico to U.S.

It was also criticized by authorities in tourist towns who
worried about a flood of thrill-seeking visitors.