MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Possessing marijuana, cocaine and even heroin will no longer be a crime in Mexico if the drugs are carried in small amounts for personal use, under legislation passed by Congress.
The measure given final passage by senators in a late night session on Thursday allows police to focus on their battle against major drug dealers, the government says, and President Vicente Fox is expected to sign it into law. […]
Under the legislation, police will not penalize people for possessing up to 5 grams of marijuana, 5 grams of opium, 25 milligrams of heroin or 500 milligrams of cocaine.
Interesting. I wonder what the Bush administration’s take on this will be.
Of course, this isn’t all good news.
People caught with larger quantities of drugs will be treated as narcotics dealers and face increased jail terms under the plan.
That includes someone possessing 6 grams of marijuana.