Drug possesion now LEGAL in Mexico
This is something to really talk about. It is and always will be a very controversial issue, many support it and approve it, and many do not.
Mexican law now allows people to possess a limited amount of drugs for “personal use” (read the Spanish version from Univision here) without arresting them. For many Mexicans, this could represent very good news since they can´t be arrested anymore if found with certain amount of drugs.
The New York Times writes that “The maximum amount of marijuana considered to be for ‘personal use’ under the new law is 5 grams — the equivalent of about four marijuana cigarettes. Other limits are half a gram of cocaine, 50 milligrams of heroin, 40 milligrams for methamphetamine and 0.015 milligrams of LSD.”
Is that too much or too little?
The new law, which came into effect on Friday, also asks government to encourage and finance free treatment for people caught using or in possession of drugs.
Some people say this will just be harmful for society; people will be more open to try or start using drugs, become addicted and hurt other members of society. It will create a greater demand and in conclusion, higher drug traffic, violence and least but not last, drugs will be more accessible even to kids.
Others think this is a great step in fighting drug cartels; they say the problem is not decriminalizing drugs, the problem are all the consequences that a society has because these substances are “illegal” like violence, illegal distribution, government corruption, etc. They also say one person can find the same harmful effects on a legal drug sold at pharmacies, not to mention all the deaths that alcohol has caused.
President Felipe Calderon was the one who proposed this new law and initiated a great debate the finished in the approval of this new law.
Do you agree or disagree? Let me hear your opinion.
- Daniel Carrillo, from Mexico City
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