The Mexican legislature voted to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and other drugs.
President Calderon proposed this legislation. His reasoning: It makes sense to distinguish between small-time users and big-time dealers, while re-targeting major crime-fighting resources away from the consumers and toward the dealers and their drug lord bosses.
"The important thing is . . . that consumers are not treated as criminals," said Rafael Ruiz Mena, secretary general of the National Institute of Penal Sciences. "It is a public health problem, not a penal problem."
Clearly the government of Mexico gets it.