On June 26th, 2017, we were ecstatic to release an article announcing that the president of Mexico signed a decree to legalize medical cannabis. Last year on November 6th we reported that the Supreme Court in Mexico made an official ruling regarding cannabis. A verdict that “found an absolute prohibition on cannabis to be unconstitutional,” which brings us to today! Today we are excited to bring you news of even more progress.
Last week, lawmakers from the leading political parties throughout Mexico came together for a to kick off the process to formally decriminalize cannabis in the country. The process will result in cannabis laws in Mexico coming in line with recent court rulings. The Marijuana Regulation Forum is a small group of political leaders in Mexico who just took the first step in the process to decriminalize cannabis.
Support for Cannabis Decriminalization
After the decriminalization process is complete, it will result in regulations that offer hope. Ones that “will not criminalize those who are innocent and those who personally consume cannabis” according to Senator Martha Lucia Micher.
The current president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, is a firm supporter of legalization. He has noted how ending prohibition could help to combat the violence that Mexico has become infamous for over the years.
Additionally, Mexico’s Secretary of the Interior, Olga Sanchez Cordero, knows that this violence leads to many deaths within the country and is a firm believer that “legalization will be a major contribution to bringing peace to [their] beloved country.”
Congratulations to everyone including patients, activists, advocates, and political leaders throughout Mexico that have made this possible and continue to fight for the rights of people to have access to this plant.