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AP 2/13/07: Mexican lawmakers to propose watered-down version of drug decriminalization billThe Associated PressFebruary 13, 2007 Tuesday 12:45 AM GMTMexican lawmakers to propose watered-down version of drug decriminalization billBy MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press Writer, International News.Length 304 words, Mexico City (newswire)Mexican lawmakers said Monday they will revive a watered-down version...
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Mexican lawmakers to propose watered-down version of drug decriminalization bill

Mark Stevenson, AP

Martes 13 de febrero de 2007 (13/02/07)
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AP 2/13/07: Mexican lawmakers to propose watered-down version of drug decriminalization bill

The Associated Press

February 13, 2007 Tuesday 12:45 AM GMT

Mexican lawmakers to propose watered-down version of drug decriminalization bill

By MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press Writer, International News.

Length 304 words, Mexico City (newswire)

Mexican lawmakers said Monday they will revive a watered-down version of a 2006 drug bill criticized by the United States because it would have effectively decriminalized possession of marijuana and other drugs.

The new measure, to be presented in a joint Senate committee Wednesday, drops the previous proposal for decriminalizing possession of small amounts for all drug "consumers."

It also reduces the amount of drugs that can be considered possession for personal use to a single dose.

"An error was made, unfortunately, in the lower house, adding the (exemption for) consumers," said Sen. Alejandro Gonzalez Alcocer, president of the Senate Judiciary committee.

The original bill passed Congress last year but was vetoed by then-President Vicente Fox, after Washington urged lawmakers "to review the legislation urgently, to avoid the perception that drug use would be tolerated in Mexico."

The new bill exempts only Indians who use traditional hallucinogens as part of their rituals, addicts who can prove they are undergoing treatment and first-time offenders.

Current laws exempt addicts or first offenders from prison sentences, but do not clearly define terms like "addict" or "personal-use" amounts. The new bill aims to clarify those distinctions, thus allowing police to focus mainly on

dealers, rather than users.

The 2006 bill would have gone much further, exempting just about anyone from prosecution even for repeated possession of 5 grams of marijuana.

The new measure reduces that limit to 1 gram, or a single marijuana cigarette. First offenders would be subject to a fine, but could be prosecuted if caught a second time.

The legal definition of "personal use" amounts for other drugs like cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines would also be reduced to a "single dose" basis under the new proposal, senators said.

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