Mexico, our neighbor to the south, has made huge steps in stopping the violent and expensive War on Drugs once and for all. Yesterday, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto issued a decree legalizing cannabis for medical use. President Peña Nieto was formerly very vocal about his opposition to legalizing cannabis, that is until he realized that prohibition was not only not doing anything to alleviate cannabis use, it was giving the cartels tons of money and power. President Peña Nieto spoke in front of the UN General Assembly in April last year, “So far, the solutions implemented by the international community have been frankly insufficient. We must move beyond prohibition to effective prevention.”
The Mexican Lower House of Congress approved a bill legalizing cannabis for medical use at the end of April and then went to the President’s desk to be signed into law. The new law allows for the consumption of all forms of cannabis for “therapeutic use” in treating specific medical conditions. The Ministry of Health will also be studying the medical benefits of cannabis prior to setting up any kind of medical cannabis framework. The law also decriminalizes all use of cannabis for medical use and removes any barriers to scientific study. Essentially, Mexico still has some work to do, but they’ve at least cleared the first hurdle.
Mexico has legalized medical cannabis, and Canada hopes to legalize cannabis in next summer. Soon the US will be surrounded by legal weed countries. How long will the US government hold out on legalizing, or at least rescheduling cannabis?
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