Mexico Announces Plans To Legalize Medical Marijuana


Mexico might be on the path to legalization. President Enrique Pena Nieto said he is open to the legalization of medical marijuana, and that his government would announce new measures in the near future.

A change in focus

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“I am giving voice to those who have (in public forums) expressed the necessity of changing the regulatory framework to authorize the use of marijuana for medical and scientific purposes”.

With the violence and corruption that illegal drug trafficking have caused in Mexico over the years, citizens have been pushing for a change. Last year, a game-changing Supreme Court decision paved the way for a liberalization of Mexican marijuana laws, finding (at least for the plaintiffs involved), that cannabis was a human right. Pena Nieto says:

“We should be flexible to change that which has not yielded results, the paradigm based essentially in prohibitionism, the so-called ‘War on Drugs’ … (which) has not been able to limit production, trafficking nor the global consumption…

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