Mexico decriminalizes small amounts of drugs

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  1. unique_exposure

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    Mexico decriminalized small amounts of marijuana, cocaine and heroin on Friday — a move that prosecutors say makes sense even in the midst of the government's grueling battle against drug traffickers.

    Anyone caught with drug amounts under the new personal-use limit will be encouraged to seek treatment, and for those caught a third time treatment is mandatory.

    The maximum amount of marijuana for "personal use" under the new law is 5 grams — the equivalent of about four joints. The limit is a half gram for cocaine, the equivalent of about 4 "lines." For other drugs, the limits are 50 milligrams of heroin, 40 milligrams for methamphetamine and 0.015 milligrams for LSD.​

    Wow, not just marijuana... cocaine, heroin, meth, and LSD too.
    Either the liquor lobbyists are taking a vacation, or prisons are getting too expensive to maintain.


    The article also says the previous process allowed small amount users who were taken into custody to claim addiction and seek treatment instead of criminal charges. However, when left to the discretion of the arresting officer, there was often corruption (the police could send them to jail anyway for personal, or other reasons).

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    The Associated Press: Mexico decriminalizes small-scale drug possession
     
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    I believe (and I may be wrong so feel free to correct me) that they have a similar series of laws in certain european countires - Portugal springs to mind. If you are found with less than a specific amount there is no charge but treatment is offered / encouraged. A sensible move IMO.
     
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    It's High time.
     
  4. unique_exposure

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    I was just surprised it was substances other than Mary Jane.
    Some states have MJ decrim'd, but not heroin, meth, and the like.

    Haha, Vince. Yep, that law went up in smoke.
     
  5. Dave NoCal

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    Mexico tried to do this a couple of years ago but got strong-armed by the Bush administration. It seems like an entirely sensible move.
    Dave
     
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    Here in Canada the LeDain commission recommended similar reforms....in 1970. In 2004 the federal government planned to decriminalize possession of 50 gm or less of marijuana, but this idea was dropped in 2006 when the present government came to power. Still pretty liberal here though, especially compared to US.
     
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