Mexico moves closer to legalizing cannabis

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The party of the president-elect of Mexico submitted legislation earlier this week that would legalize the possession, growth, use and sale of cannabis.

If the legislation passes, it would be a major change to the laws currently in place in Mexico. Senator Olga Sánchez Cordero has been chosen to be the interior secretary by president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and said that prohibition has only contributed to poverty and violence within Mexico.

“Today, the nation has taken the decision to change,” she told Senators. “We don’t want more deaths. It will be a major contribution to bringing peace to our beloved country.”

Cannabis has been banned in Mexico since the early 20th century but has always been a primary source of illegal cannabis to the U.S. It’s estimated that the war on marijuana in Mexico has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

In 2016, the Mexican government started issuing permits to have medical cannabis imported for some patients. Small amounts of cannabis have also been decriminalized and some medical patients have been given permits to grow and possess small amounts.

The new bill would allow Mexican residents to grow up to 20 plants on private property as well as produce up to 480 grams annually. Public consumption would be legal but edibles would remain illegal.

López Obrador will take office on December 1st and has promised to make drastic changes to the way that Mexico handles drug use and trafficking. He wrote in a 26-page bill that has been posted on the Congress website that in the 12 years that Mexico has been at war with the drug cartels that an estimated 235,000 people have died. He has suggested negotiating peace and amnesty for those involved in the illegal trade.

“The policy of prohibition arises from the false assumption that the problem of drugs should be tackled from a penal focus,” said Sánchez.  

“The objective can’t be to eradicate the consumption of a substance that’s as prevalent as cannabis,” she said.

The move follows the Mexican supreme court’s ruling last week that having an absolute ban on the use of recreational cannabis is unconstitutional. The country has seen an increase in support for recreational cannabis in recent years as violence and crime becomes greater.

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