About a month ago, in a move that some fear could lead to Mexico becoming a hot destination for so-called “drug tourism” (think: Harold and Kumar Go to Amsterdam), Mexico quietly decriminalized possession of small amounts of many types of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, and heroin. The law sets out maximum “personal use” amounts for these and other drugs, partly as an attempt to help “differentiate drug addicts and casual users from the violent traffickers whose turf battles have contributed to the deaths of more than 11,000 people since President Felipe Calderon took office in late 2006.” Other Latin American countries, like Colombia and Argentina, have already passed similar laws, and I guess this seems radical enough to have caused antidrug groups in the U.S. to worry that this general sentiment of common sense might sweep into the U.S., leading to a drug-domino effect that will end with us all cracked out holding joints or something like that. Are these people not aware that similar measures already exist in the U.S., like in Mass. as of last year, for instance? Take a toke and find something else to worry about.
A different type of “Dominoes” toppled over today in the U.K., where electro-rock duo The Big Pink just dropped their debut album A Brief History of Love on 4AD Records (September 22 in the U.S.). Robbie Furze and Milo Cordell formed The Big Pink in 2007 (taking their name from the debut album by The Band), and have garnered praise from NME and the London Times alike. After hearing their current single, “Dominoes,” in all it’s catchy-as-hell glory, it’s easy to understand why.
The Big Pink – Dominoes: