WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
12 Nov 2009 |

Decriminalization of Drugs in México will Lead to Unjust Incarcerations

According to a recent report released by international experts from the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), the Transnational Institute in The Netherlands and the Colectivo para una Política Integral Hacia las Drogas in Mexico, the new Mexican law that decriminalizes the possession of small quantities of drugs for personal use will substantially increase chances that drug users are mistaken for drug dealers and wrongly incarcerated.

The above organizations believe that countries in the process of drug policy reform, such as Argentina, Ecuador and Brazil, should look to the Mexican law as an example of what should and should not be done with decriminalization laws– this was their message at the International Conference on Drug Policy Reform in Albuquerque, New Mexico from November 12-14. The conference, organized by the Drug Policy Alliance, brings together drug policy experts from all over the world.

Please follow this link to read the full report.