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Oh Joy! Mexico Legalizes Drug Possession

From a high (on life) Associated Press:

Mexico Legalizes Drug Possession

August 21, 2009

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico enacted a controversial law on Thursday decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other drugs while encouraging government-financed treatment for drug dependency free of charge.

The law sets out maximum “personal use” amounts for drugs, also including LSD and methamphetamine. People detained with those quantities will no longer face criminal prosecution; the law goes into effect on Friday.

Anyone caught with drug amounts under the personal-use limit will be encouraged to seek treatment, and for those caught a third time treatment is mandatory — although no penalties for noncompliance are specified.

Mexican authorities said the change only recognized the longstanding practice here of not prosecuting people caught with small amounts of drugs.

The maximum amount of marijuana considered to be for “personal use” under the new law is 5 grams — the equivalent of about four marijuana cigarettes. Other limits are half a gram of cocaine, 50 milligrams of heroin, 40 milligrams for methamphetamine and 0.015 milligrams of LSD.

President Felipe Calderón waited months before approving the law.

More great news.

Though, to be fair, as the article notes, this has effectively been the case in Mexico for some time.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, August 22nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Oh Joy! Mexico Legalizes Drug Possession”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    It was always legal…………….for a price!!

    So …………. the “Battle on the Border” is over what now?
    Illegal Americans?
    Illegal guns?
    Illegal NAFTA tariffs?

  2. MinnesotaRush says:

    Now .. these limits? Does that include what’s on ya’ and IN ya’???

    Just lookin’ for some clarity.

    How long before o-blah-blah starts pushin’ (pun intended) this program?

    And this “free” treatment thing, will that take place in Mexico, or here in the US? That clarity thing again.

  3. catie says:

    You know, this is OT but Soros looks like one of those old people who smell.

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