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article imageMexico allows 'personal use' of illegal drugs

By Michael Krebs     Aug 21, 2009 in Crime
As the joint U.S. and Mexican war on drugs continues, Mexico declares its intention to legalize personal usage amounts of marijuana, cocaine, and even LSD.
The war on drugs in Mexico has taken an increasing toll domestically with skyrocketing violent crime and corruption among the police ranks nationally. Now the Mexican authorities have turned their attention to domestic drug usage, offering a national guideline on what is legally acceptable in terms of personal drug consumption - and decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, and even LSD.
"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," The Associated Press reported on Friday.
Mexican authorities were quick to point out that the new move was not tantamount to full-scale legalization.
"This is not legalization, this is regulating the issue and giving citizens greater legal certainty," Bernardo Espino del Castillo of the attorney general's office told AP.
New "personal use" amounts have been clearly outlined, and detained individuals will no longer face criminal charges.
"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," AP reported.
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