A Mexican judge's decision to allow recreational cocaine use could have significant ramifications on the U.S., Fox Nation host Bill Bennett told "Fox & Friends" Thursday.
"This is a crazy big deal that makes no sense at all. You've already got a very difficult situation in Mexico -- this will not improve things, this will not improve things for the U.S. and it will probably drive up immigration because it will cause more chaos," warned Bennett.
The judge explained his reasoning for the ruling, saying cocaine has the potential to "relieve tension and allows for a new spiritual and personal experience."
"You can kill yourself and that also relieves tension," Bennett responded. "And if you take a lot of cocaine, that's exactly what you're doing."
Mexico United Against Crime (MUCD), the organization behind the case, said the court would allow two petitioners to “possess, transport, and use" cocaine, but not sell it.
“We have spent years working for a more secure, just and peaceful Mexico,” said MUCD director Lisa Sanchez in a Tuesday news release. “This case is about insisting on the need to stop criminalizing… drug users and designing better public policies that explore all the available options.”
Bennett, who served as Drug Czar during the George H.W. Bush administration, said decriminalization will be ineffective, and urged Mexico to look at California, which legalized recreational marijuana use in an unsuccessful attempt to eliminate the black market.
"They won't eliminate the cartels, they'll just have a lot more cocaine," Bennett said. "This is a really bad idea."
Bennett worries that the ruling could "bleed into the United States" and said he also fears that "the softness of many of our states on this issue" could be a problem if Mexico looks to the U.S. as precedent "for a country that knows what it's doing."
"For Pete's sake has anyone noticed that we're in the midst of a terrible, awful opioid and illegal drug crisis and now we've got this legalization effort at the border, and in our states," said the Fox Nation host.
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