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Drug Possession Decriminalized in Mexico


Possession and use of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD and amphetamines are no longer criminal offenses in Mexico, the Associated Press reported Aug. 21.

A law that went into effect this week decriminalized minor drug possession, although individuals caught three times with drugs would be required to attend an addiction-treatment program.

Mexican officials have said that the law would free police up to focus on combatting dealers and higher-level drug traffickers.

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