Mexico easing up on marijuana laws

Since today is April 20, 2016, (4/20 for all you potheads out there), I thought I would delve into some of the big changes in the marijuana laws down here in Mexico.

Last winter, the Mexican Supreme Court ruled that growing, possessing and smoking marijuana for recreation is legal under the right to freedom. The measure was approved on 4-1 vote of the five-justice panel, backing the argument that smoking marijuana is covered under the right of “free development of personality.”

Today a story came out on CNN, about more changes for marijuana legislation here in Mexico in the near future.  This may be of some interest to those of you on medical or recreational marijuana.

Mexican law already allows for possession of up to 5 grams of marijuana.

Mexican law already allows for possession of up to 5 grams of marijuana.

(CNN)Mexico will be taking legislative steps to legalize the use of medicinal marijuana, and its government will consider penal code changes to decriminalize possession of small quantities or cannabis for personal use.

The announcement came from President Enrique Peña Nieto, who spoke at the U.N. Drug Policy Summit in New York on Tuesday.
Peña Nieto said his government has held forums to get input from Mexican opinion leaders on ways to more effectively control the flow of illegal drugs while at the same time exploring alternatives other than the strict law enforcement regulation.
“As president of Mexico, in this special session, I give voice to those [Mexican opinion leaders] who expressed the need to update, within the confines of the law, the use of marijuana for medical and scientific purposes,” Peña Nieto said.
The President called drug consumption “a public health problem.” His proposals, he said, derive from the forums his government has held.
“The participants in the forums also spoke about the importance of increasing, in accordance with international standards, the amount of marijuana that can be considered for personal use with the goal of decriminalizing consumers,” Peña Nieto said.


Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

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