Legislators in Mexico City are planning on introducing legislation in September of this year that would legalize the cultivation, possession and consumption of marijuana for adults in their republic.
The legislation in question would permit adults to legally cultivate marijuana in the privacy of their homes, allow them to consume the substance in designated pot clubs and would also consent for the possession of up to 25 grams of dried flowers.
Lawmakers are claiming the bill’s intended to permit the use of marijuana for medicinal dedications, but it also creates the opportunity to legalize the plant for recreational purposes.
“Most marijuana consumers aren’t addicts,” Mexico City Deputy Vidal Llerenas Morales told the news website Sin Embargo. “They aren’t criminals. They are functional people.”
The news of the upcoming proposed legislation comes on the heels of former-President Vicente Fox’s succession of public statements arguing in favor of legalizing marijuana as a way to detour profits away from the drug cartels that have a stronghold on the country.
“I’m not in favor because it’s not just about legalizing marijuana,” Peña Nieto told CNN shortly after taking office in December. “It seems to me that this would open up the possibility that some sectors of the population could wind up consuming much more harmful things.”
The Mexican government officials need to address the serious drug cartel issue one way or another. Cutting into the cartel’s profits by legalizing marijuana may not be the ultimate solution, but when compared to the senseless violence that continues to take place it doesn’t seem so farfetched.
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