Pena Nieto proposes relaxing marijuana laws
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has proposed legalising marijuana for medical purposes and easing limits for personal use of the drug.
He said he would be sending a bill to the Congress to increase the amount users can legally carry from the current five grams to 28 (0.18-1oz).
He had previously opposed efforts to liberalise Mexico’s tough drug laws.
Tens of thousands of people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico in recent years.
“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,” President Pena Nieto said on Thursday.
“Our country has suffered, as few have, the ill effects of organised crime tied to drug trafficking.
“Fortunately, a new consensus is gradually emerging worldwide in favour of reforming drug policies. A growing number of countries are strenuously combating criminals, but instead of criminalising consumers, they offer them alternatives and opportunities.”
Mr Pena Nieto said marijuana use should be seen as a public health issue. He also stressed that the proposed bill would not completely legalised marijuana.
The move would place Mexico in the middle range of drug regulation policies in the region.
In Cuba and Venezuela, it is a criminal offence to possess any quantity of marijuana.
Meanwhile, Uruguay became the first country in the world in 2013 to make it legal to grow, sell and consume marijuana.
This week the Canadian government announced that would introduce legislation to legalise the sale of marijuana for recreational use.
an old school stoner? 😉
“He said he would be sending a bill to the Congress to increase the amount users can legally carry from the current five grams to 28 (0.18-1oz).”