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Mexico decriminalizes small-scale drug possession

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  1. onlinedispute

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    http://news.lp.findlaw.com/ap/i/1102/08-21-2009/20090821022011_115.html
    MEXICO CITY (AP) - 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.

    Prosecutors said the new law sets clear limits that keep Mexico's corruption-prone police from extorting casual users and offers addicts free treatment to keep growing domestic drug use in check.

    "This is not legalization, this is regulating the issue and giving citizens greater legal certainty," said Bernardo Espino del Castillo of the attorney general's office.

    The new law sets out maximum "personal use" amounts for drugs, also including LSD and methamphetamine. People detained with those quantities no longer face criminal prosecution.

    Espino del Castillo says, in practice, small users almost never did face charges anyway. Under the previous law, the possession of any amount of drugs was punishable by stiff jail sentences, but there was leeway for addicts caught with smaller amounts.

    "We couldn't charge somebody who was in possession of a dose of a drug, there was no way ... because the person would claim they were an addict," he said.

    Despite the provisions, police sometimes hauled in suspects and demanded bribes, threatening long jail sentences if people did not pay.

    "The bad thing was that it was left up to the discretion of the detective, and it could open the door to corruption or extortion," Espino del Castillo said.

    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.

    Mexico has emphasized the need to 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.

    But one expert saw potential for conflict under the new law.
    Javier Oliva, a political scientist at Mexico's National Autonomous University, said the new law posed "a serious contradiction" for the Calderon administration.

    "If they decriminalize drugs it could lead the army, which has been given the task of combating this, to say 'What are we doing'?" he said.
    Officials said the legal changes could help the government focus more on big-time traffickers.

    Espino del Castillo said since Calderon took office, there have been over 15,000 police searches related to small-scale drug dealing or possession, with 95,000 people detained - but only 12 to 15 percent of whom were ever charged with anything.
     
  2. scottology

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    all drugs should be legalized in my opinion. its up to me if i chose to take them or not and asses the risks involved with each.
     
  3. albaniax

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    5 gram marijuana is four joints ? Yeah, of course... Maybe 4 big Blunts ;)

    But I would also like an new law like this here in Germany, leave the small people taking there drugs, and focus on the big people.
     
  4. CClark56

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    Wish it would travel to America... I believe marijuana should be legalized along with industrialized hemp. And the rest of the drugs should be decriminalized. No reason to put people in jail, should get them help.
     
  5. betster77

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    time to move back to Mexico...
     
  6. roamer

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    What decriminalization for the end user does is encourage the use. You cannot have clients if they're afraid to use your product when it's illegal for them. So you reassure them by deciminalizing usage. That keeps the prices high, but skyrockets the demand, ----> profit. Of course that would only make sense if the government was involved in drug trafficking, which we all know isn't the case. I know, I'm living in Mexico right now. :rolleyes:
     
  7. yamahafzr

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    i hate it when ppl say this because they often end up affecting others, such as killing them in a car accident when under the influence. when under the influence of drugs ppl do dumb-fuck things to other ppl sometimes. even if its 1 out of 20 that does that its still affecting other. ppl also dont realize how fuck'd our country will be if we legalize weed. everyone that smokes it says "legalize it" because of bullshit excuses

    yes, i do understand that i will get flamed and - repp'ed for weeks lol
     
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  8. _TwaT_

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    Time to move to mexico and start selling dope again. LOL Skyrocketing prices because of higher demand = HUGE BANK!
     
  9. yamahafzr

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    3 kids i knew did last yr

    not saying alcohol is any better
     
  10. betster77

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    lol yeah I'd give you about a week before you find yourself blindfolded with you pants down and a 2x4 "tableando" your ass as a final warning. you ain't setting up a lemonade stand... you'd be on someone's turf.

     
  11. roamer

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    Exactly. Marijuana has thousands (yes, that's correct) of industrial and medical applications. It's not as impairing as alcohol, not nearly as toxic as alcohol or cigarettes, yet those other drugs are still legal, while marijuana isn't. I don't think decriminalizing both it's use and growth would create a sudden increase of zombie-like creatures or mad killers. I know I wouldn't use it anyway, simply out of choice and not because of it's legal status.
     
  12. tymillz

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    I believe an excess of anything can be dangerous. Drugs, alcohol, food, sex, etc.

    If a person is going to do anything they should do it in moderation.

    Oh. And yeah, Im going to Mexico !