Mexico

Fri
13
Jul

Mexico considers legal cannabis as solution to narco crisis

Mexico’s new president, Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador (known by his initials as AMLO), is pledging a new, demilitarized approach to ending the country’s endemic narco-violence and his newly named interior minister is a vocal supporter of cannabis legalization. Will a legal cannabis sector provide a way out of Mexico’s long narco crisis?

Those who have been hoping for a new direction in Mexico’s approach to the ultra-violent drug cartels were heartened by president-elect Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador’s announcement that his interior minister will be Olga Sánchez Cordero.

Thu
05
Jul

Mexico's president-elect says he's open to drug legalization

On Sunday, political leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador won a landslide victory to become Mexico's next president, effective December 1st. Having proclaimed a desire to transition away from pursuing criminal charges for people who consume drugs and toward treatment-based programs, his government could be the one to finally repeal cannabis prohibition in Mexico.

Fri
22
Jun

Mexico opium poppy growers turning to marijuana

Opium poppy growers in southern Mexico who helped fuel the U.S. heroin epidemic say prices for their product have been driven so low - apparently by the use of synthetic opioids like fentanyl - that they are turning in desperation back to another crop they know well: marijuana.

Beset by poverty and joblessness, farmers in the hills around the Guerrero state hamlets of Tenantla and Amatitlan say that prices for opium paste - which oozes from the bulbs of poppies after they're cut - have fallen so low they don't even pay for the cost of planting, fertilizing, irrigating, weeding and harvesting the raw material for heroin.

Thu
07
Jun

Mexico’s march toward legalization is thanks in part to its northern neighbors

Bearing witness to marijuana’s medicinal and economic value is helping to change cultural taboos.

Mexico is a place where you can find anything. It may take some hunting, but eventually you’ll find it. Such is the case with good weed and quality hemp products, a large portion of which are imported, both legally and illegally from the United States and Canada.

Wed
11
Apr

Cannabis legalization begins its journey through the Mexican supreme court

Cannabis activist and lawyer Ulrich Richter is trying to push the legalization of cannabis through the 

Tue
13
Mar

California cannabis finds a market in Mexico

Middle-class Mexicans and Americans living in Tijuana are buying legal pot in California and taking it back to Mexico. The culture of legalization, slowly but surely, may be spreading south of the border now, too.

California’s legal weed experiment is having an impact in an unexpected place: Mexico.

Cannabis culture and advocacy from California is making its way south of the border and activists there are hopeful legalization here can shift Mexico’s politics.

Middle-class Mexicans and American citizens living in Tijuana are crossing into San Diego to visit medical — and now recreational — dispensaries. Binational cannabis advocates are hosting events in Tijuana about the medical benefits of cannabis, hoping to increase support for policy changes on the drug.

Tue
06
Feb

In Mexico, is legalized pot just a pipe dream?

They were astonishing comments from a cabinet member made in the most deliberate of settings.

At a conference in late January, Mexico's top tourism official told reporters legalizing marijuana would help combat an epidemic of violence that has enveloped parts of the country.

"It is absurd that we have not taken that step," Tourism Secretary Enrique de la Madrid said. He said cannabis legalization should start in Baja California Sur, a state with hot spots like Los Cabos, and Quintana Roo, where Cancún is located. Both regions saw spikes in violence last year.

Mon
29
Jan

Marijuana: is it time to stop using a word with racist roots?

It’s been known as dope, grass, herb, gage, tea, reefer, chronic. But the most familiar name for the dried buds of the cannabis plant, and one of the few older terms still in use today, is “marijuana”.

For the prohibitionists of nearly a century ago, the exotic-sounding word emphasized the drug’s foreignness to white Americans and appealed to the xenophobia of the time. As with other racist memes, a common refrain was that marijuana would lead to miscegenation.

Fri
26
Jan

Mexico minister backs Marijuana legalization in major beach resorts

Marijuana should be legalized in two of Mexico’s main tourist hot spots, Cancun and Los Cabos, in order to reduce criminal violence, Mexico’s minister for tourism said on Thursday.

Minister Enrique de la Madrid said Mexico could follow the example of the United States and legalize marijuana in areas with support, urging Quintana Roo, where Cancun lies, and Baja California Sur, the home of Los Cabos, to move ahead with it.

“It’s absurd that we’re not taking this step as a country,” de la Madrid told reporters at a conference in Mexico City.

“Even if there’s work to do on the whole of the country, I’d like to see that it might be done in Baja California and Quintana Roo,” he added, describing the states as victims of a poor drug law.

Mon
15
Jan

New Mexico: Move to legalize Cannabis continues

One school of thought is that cannabis, or marijuana, is relatively benign and ought to be legalized, regulated and taxed to spur economic growth and end the harm caused by criminalization.

An opposing viewpoint is that it’s a dangerous drug that needs to re-main unavailable legally, with criminal punishment of those who break the law.

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