Lawmakers in Mexico City fed up with the social and financial cost of marijuana criminalization in their city are floating the idea of decriminalizing up to 35 grams of cannabis.
Currently the possession of up to five grams of marijuana is legal in Mexico under 2009 minor drug possession reforms aimed at curbing police corruption and crime. It’s done nothing to end cartel violence, but so far hasn’t been a major issue.
But really, five grams is tiny and now the minority Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) in Mexico City says that it’s time to increase the amount of pot allowed to 35 grams to help move along marijuan reforms in the country.
“The proposal basically ensures that people in possession of a reasonable quantity of marijuana will not be prosecuted,” Mexico City councilman Llerenas Vidal Morales told Reuters. “What can we do to lower the social costs of drug use? Part of the answer is regulation and part is decriminalization.”
There have been a lot of talks about decriminalizing and legalizing cannabis in Mexico City. Last summer members of the PRD tossed around the idea of legalizing cannabis cultivation at home, allowing for pot clubs and dropping penalties for possession of 25 grams or less.
The bill apparently went nowhere, because the PRD has moved on to this 35 grams issue.
Either way, both would face opposition from the majority party as well as from Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has held strong to ant-marijuana policies, likely not wanting to diverge out of fear of upsetting the United States, which continues the War on Drugs farce at the expense of his country.