The movement to decriminalize drug use recently gained a major ally. The Republic of Mexico decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other drugs. Drug rehabilitation, rather than punishment, is now “encouraged,” and a third drug possession offense will subject the offender to drug treatment, although no way to enforce that provision was written into the new law.
Personal use is defined as possession of less than 5 grams of marijuana, ½ gram of cocaine, 50 milligrams of heroin, 40 milligrams of methamphetamine, and 0.015 milligrams of LSD.
The Mexican government enacted the law in an effort to combat organized drug crime, but as the demand for the drugs is almost entirely coming from north of their border, the law is not likely to dent cartel profits anytime soon.