MEXICO LEGALIZES RECREATIONAL COCAINE USE
The legal climate in Mexico right now has unexpectedly come out on the side of individual liberty and against the drug war, even as they spent billions of dollars fighting that drug war every year. One could argue that the legal system is in conflict with the political goals of the country in the drug war. The caveat to the ruling is that it only applies to use and possession and does not authorize transfer or sale – an interesting legal gymnastics that will likely be modified over time.
Advocates of the ruling like Lisa Sanchez of Mexicans United Against Crime have commented: “This case is about insisting on the need to stop criminalizing … drug users and designing better public policies that explore all the available options.”
On the political side – the opposition is obvious, with the Mexican government’s Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk saying it will attempt to block the judge’s order, which was handed down earlier this year and first announced Tuesday.
On the legal side their is review as well, with a panel of judges set to review the ruling and decide whether it should be carried out.
In Texas, possession of cocaine is a felony offense if you are in possession of any detectable amount (even residue that cannot be weighed in a lab). Section 481 of the Texas Health and Safety Code regulates cocaine possession – with it being listed as a Penalty Group 1 substance.
You will sometiemes see cocaine possession as “PCS PG1” on court paperwork. The penalties for possession of cocaine in Texas are as follows:
- Less than one gram: State Jail Felony (6mo – 2Y state jail).
- 1 to 4 grams: 3rd Degree Felony (2 – 10Y TDCJ)
- 4 to 200 grams: 2nd Degree Felony ( 2 – 20Y TDCJ)
- 200 to 400 grams: 1st Degree Felony (5 – 99Y TDCJ)
- More than 400 grams: 10 to99 years, or life
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