SENATOR INTRODUCES MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION BILL TO MEXICO’S SUPREME COURT
- November 9, 2018
Over the course of a single year, one country that has endured one of the most heated marijuana legalization debates is (inarguably) Mexico, our neighbor to the south. Back on October 31, 2018, the Supreme Court of Mexico had issued two rulings in favor of the adult right to consume marijuana for recreational purposes. Meanwhile, on November 2, the Court issued its fifth and final statement in favor of the little green plant, potentially putting a damper on widespread reefer madness. Now, it appears that prohibition is finally over, and the country may be preparing to take its next step in the marijuana debate. Only a week after the Supreme Court took major action, a senator has introduced a bill that could potentially approve the legalization of recreational cannabis in Mexico. Let’s take a closer look and see what happened.
Yesterday (November 8, 2018), Senator Olga Sanches Cordero (set to assume office as interior minister under pro-cannabis President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador) has introduced the 26-page bill, which would allow adults (18 years and older) to cultivate up to 20 plants in their residential homes and possess marijuana. Likewise, Cordero’s bill would also permit adults to smoke the plant in areas where tobacco smoking is legal. However, the distribution and sale of the drug to minors would be 100% illegal.
Needless to say, the Bill could potentially receive great praise and support from the public. In recent years, an overwhelming acceptance of the little green plant has skyrocketed in Mexico in response to increases in drug-related violence (due to cartels). In fact, 235,000 people have died in the past 12 years since Mexico declared a national war on drug cartels. Meanwhile, the Bill argues that prohibition of the cannabis plant has only fueled the fires of illegal activity.
One a Supreme Court magistrate, Senator Cordero has argued that prohibition is the lovechild of false assumptions about penal control. Ultimately, people should not aim to get rid of a prevalent drug like marijuana but should, instead, control it. Back in January, Tourism Secretary Enrique de la Madrid also made a similar proposition, considering marijuana legalization as an objective of personal reflection (on part of lawmakers).
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