2009 CE
Mexico decriminalizes small-scale drug possession

In 2009, Mexico decriminalizes personal possession of certain drugs. The new law sets out maximum "personal use" amounts for several drugs, including cocaine, LSD and methamphetamine. People detained with those quantities no longer face criminal prosecution, but will rather be recommended treatment.

According to the new law, possession amounts for "personal and immediate use"--which are defined as up to 0.5 gram of cocaine, five grams of marijuana, 50 milligrams of heroin, 40 milligrams of methamphetamine and 0.015 milligrams of LSD--will not lead to criminal prosecution.

Source: Mexico decriminalizes small-scale drug possession (2009). HIV AIDS Policy Law Review.

Drugs: Cannabis (marijuana), Coca (cocaine), LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), Opium (morphine, heroin, opioids), Stimulants (amphetamine, methamphetamine)
Regions: Mexico
Topics: Taxation and regulation