Mexico proposes decriminalizing pot and cocaine | Reuters.com
Police will not penalize people for possessing up to 5 grams of marijuana, 5 grams of opium, 25 milligrams of heroin or 500 milligrams of cocaine, under a bill passed by senators late on Thursday and earlier approved by the lower house.
The government says the measure allows police to focus on major drug dealers, and President Fox is expected to sign it into law.
UPDATE In a surprise reversal, Mexican President Vicente Fox will not sign a widely criticized reform to decriminalize. Fox's decision was unexpected, given that the legislation was initially designed by his office and introduced by his party.