In Mexico now it is legal to use marijuana for medical purposes, one year after Mexican President Peña Nieto began speaking out and criticizing the global drug policy.
As more and more states in the U.S. are removing the marijuana prohibition, Mexico just legalized nationwide on Monday.
The bill was ruled in with a great majority in the Senate 98-7. Also, the Mexico’s Lower House of Congress with a vote of 374-7.
“The ruling eliminates the prohibition and criminalization of acts related to the medicinal use of marijuana and its scientific research, and those relating to the production and distribution of the plant for these purposes.”
The decree that the president brought, stated:
“Public policies regulating the medicinal use of pharmacological derivatives of Cannabis sativa, indica and Americana or marijuana, including tetrahydrocannabinol, its isomers, and stereochemical variants, as well as how to regulate the research and national production of them.”
Mexico’s Secretary of Health, Dr. José Narro Robles also gave a positive comment on this move. He wrote on Twitter: “I welcome the approval of the therapeutic use of cannabis in Mexico.”
The President Peña Nieto was once an opponent of marijuana legalization, now it seems that he totally changed his mind. He is now encouraging all of the states in the U.S. to join the legalization approval.
“So far, the solutions [to control drugs and crime] implemented by the international community have been frankly insufficient,” Peña Nieto said. “We must move beyond prohibition to effective prevention.”
Back in 2016, Peña called for a measure that would decriminalize the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis. However, the bill didn’t pass Congress.
“We Mexicans know all too well the range and the defects of prohibitionist and punitive policies, and of the so-called war on drugs that has prevailed for 40 years. Our country has suffered, as few have, the ill effects of organized crime tied to drug trafficking. Fortunately, a new consensus is gradually emerging worldwide in favor of reforming drug policies. A growing number of countries are strenuously combating criminals, but instead of criminalizing consumers, they offer them alternatives and opportunities.”
Source: Free Thought Project
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