The elected president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, is considering the possibility of legalizing drugs in order to fight violence in the country. This was stated by Olga Sánchez Cordero, who will occupy the post of Secretary of the Interior of Mexico, reports the electronic version of the newspaper Milenio.
“When we had a meeting about the restructuring of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, he [the elected president] was well aware of all my press conferences and, above all, about my published articles on the decriminalization of drugs.
He told me literally: “Carte blanche, everything that may be necessary, everything that may be necessary to achieve peace in the country, we will start a debate,” said Cordero in an interview.
Sanchez Cordero added that Lopez Obrador admitted that Mexico is immersed in violence, to which the state is currently powerless.
These new regulations consider the following:
- Give the right to grow and sell marijuana to licensed companies, which in this case will be prohibited from hiring minors
- To give individuals the right to grow marijuana, for personal use but with some limitations
- Allow marijuana use in the same public places as tobacco smoking
- Outlaw the sale of marijuana to a minor
Although this substance is permitted for recreational use in ten states of the United States and the District of Columbia, Mexico still remains the main supplier of illegal marijuana to the North American market. Drug cartels are constantly struggling to control the shipping routes and markets for this and other drugs.
Legalization of marijuana is considered by the new government as a way to mitigate the criminal situation in a country torn by wars between drug trafficking groups.
This issue is related to the legalization of medical marijuana, but also for tourists. Enrique de La Madrid, the Secretary of Tourism of Mexico says that cannabis should be partially legalized at tourist resorts. It has caused another round of discussions about the need to legalize cannabis in the country.
In June 2017, Mexico approved the use of marijuana for medical and scientific purposes for local residents but retained a ban on the use and cultivation of cannabis for personal use. The implementation of pure marijuana will continue to remain outside the law. For now, according to TicToc Bloomberg, Mexico is considering legalizing marijuana in an effort to bring in $100 million in sales and curb violence.
In many other countries, people can use marijuana for medical use and grow plants at home. In particular, marijuana is partially legal in 30 countries of the world, and in 14 countries marijuana is used in medicine. Partial legalization means that the inhabitants of these countries can grow and store a small quantity of hemp.
There are two countries where marijuana is fully legalized, Canada and Uruguay. Partly legalized in the USA, and various Latin American countries like Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela and so on. However, the UK, Europe, Asia, and even Russia are also thinking about its legalization for medical purposes.