Mexico plans to decriminalise all drugs

The Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has announced plans to decriminalise all drugs. The statement was accompanied by a five-year policy document outlining the government’s intention to end its prohibitionist approach to illicit drugs. The proposed change in policy follows Obrador’s stated intention to end Mexico’s ‘war on drugs’ which has seen 150,000 gang-related killings since 2006. Decriminalisation would see drug arrests replaced with referrals for treatment and funds re-directed from law enforcement to detoxification and rehabilitation programmes. Obrador has said that he hopes to negotiate with the US and the UN to encourage an international end to prohibition approaches.