Mexico City - A decree issued by President Enrique Peña Nieto on Monday confirmed that Mexico has legalized cannabis for medicinal use after overwhelming support from Mexico's Lower House of Congress.
Peña Nieto was once a vehement opponent of cannabis legalization, but has since called for a re-examination of global drug policy after a nationwide public debate on legalization in early 2016. "So far, the solutions [to control drugs and crime] implemented by the international community have been frankly insufficient," Peña Nieto told the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Sessions in April 2016. "We must move beyond prohibition to effective prevention."
Last year, Peña Nieto even went so far as to introduce a measure that would allow Mexican citizens to possess up to an ounce of cannabis without repercussions, but the bill stalled in Congress.
Mexico's Secretary of Health, Dr. José Narro Robles, voiced his support for the measure, saying, "I welcome the approval of the therapeutic use of cannabis in Mexico."
Currently, the only cannabis that will be permitted must contain 1% or less of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and the Ministry of Health will be required to study the medicinal and therapeutic effects of cannabis before creating the framework for a medical marijuana program infrastructure.
There will certainly still be hurdles to overcome on the bumpy road to medical marijuana, but Mexico just surpassed the biggest obstacle so far.Get the full story on leafly.com.