Personal drug use decriminalized in ColombiaSubmitted by Bob-45 on Mon, 07/02/2012 - 02:57
FRIDAY, 29 JUNE 2012 06:10 VICTORIA ROSSI
Colombia's Constitutional Court has approved the government proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cocaine and marijuana for personal use, Colombia media reported Friday.
Anyone caught with less than 22 grams of marijuana or one gram of cocaine for personal use may receive physical or psychological treatment depending on their level of intoxication, but may not be prosecuted or detained, the court ruled.
The Supreme Court paved the way for the legislative change when it ruled in 2011 that strict anti-drug laws introduced by the administration of former government Alvaro Uribe were unconstitutional.