Original article en Espanol
Senate Approves drugs in personal dosage law to combat drug trafficking
The Senate approved the opinion in committees to combat drug trafficking, to legalize the consumption of up to 5 grams of marijuana without penalty.
Mexico City .- This evening the Senate approved the opinion of the legislative initiative to combat drug trafficking, which allows the carrying of small doses of drugs, marijuana, cocaine and crystal, among others.
The opinion is on technical adjustments and will be brought to discussion before the plenary on Tuesday, with the goal that neither drug addicts nor consumers are criminalized for possession psychotropic drugs up to to a certain amount.
For a consumer, when they were stopped twice until they are invited to attend care centers. For the third time, they were forced to go to a rehabilitation center. The law preserves administrative ban on consumption in public places.
"Well, for marijuana, which was what I was concerned, and since nobody buys clean but full of pieces of wood, seeds, etc.., Five grams is what the Court said," said Senator Pablo Gomez of the PRD.
Together, municipalities, state and federation should fight crime. But when it comes to organized crime, ie, when 3 or more individuals involved, only the Federation intervenes.
So according to the graph on the article's page, the cutoff is now 5 grams of pot, 2 grams opium, 50mg heroin, .5 grams cocaine, LSD 1500 nanograms (about ten doses), 40 mg of methamphetamine and MDA (I assume they mean ecstasy, MDMA) or 200mg in tablet form. Talk about odd numbers.
There has been speculation (forum speculation, anyway) that the flu is being used as a cover to push through this otherwise controversial legislation.
-Less addicts and casual drug users that police have to deal with
-Hopefully less stigma about seeking treatment
-Hopefully a decrease in crime will lead other countries to view drug use and abuse as a public health problem, rather than a criminal one
-I have a hard time believing that a Mexican police station would have the capability to determine the concentration of LSD in any form, be it liquid or in blotter paper, gel tabs, etc. Hundreds of doses of LSD could fit in a single gelcap, for instance, or a single dose could be dissolved into a gram of filler for transport.
-This could backfire. American law enforcement agencies have a strong interest in this ending badly for Mexico. Drug crime could escalate for any number of reasons (the cartels want to push against legalization, etc) and the project would be a gigantic step backwards for sensible drug policy.
If someone wants to help with a more accurate translation of the article, that would be great. I've cleaned up a few bits, but my Spanish isn't that great. Also, more sources / articles with the full text of the bill would be fantastic.