The Central American country of Colombia has decriminalized possession of marijuana and cocaine. Officials have ruled that people cannot be jailed if they possess the drugs for personal use.
People can now legally possess up to 20 grams of marijuana and one gram of cocaine for personal use without fear of arrest or detainment. Depending on their level of intoxication, however, people in possession of the drugs may be subject to medical or psychological treatment.
The ruling, which came Thursday, is meant to decrease drug crimes and violence in the country.
In 2011, Colombia established a law which said that anyone with up to 2.2 pounds of marijuana or 3.5 ounces of cocaine in their possession should be put in prison for at least 5 years and 4 months. This new decriminalization law does not legalize drugs, but also does not cause people to be placed in prison for an amount of time that is disproportionate to the crime.
Colombia is also working toward legalizing the growing of marijuana plants, opium poppies, and coca plants. However, drug trafficking would still remain illegal in the country.