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Mexican President proposes legalising medical marijuana

Narada Desk | April 22, 2016 6:00 pm Print

Enrique Peña Nieto PresidenteMexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has proposed legalising marijuana for medical usage. He also proposes shifting public policy from prohibition to prevention of the drug’s consumption.

Nieto  said that he would sent a bill to Congress to increase the amount of personal possession from current 5 grams to 28 grams.

The proposal came five months after the Mexican Supreme Court’s verdict which favors four plaintiff’s right to grow and consume marijuana for personal use.

After the verdict,Pena Neito has ordered series of public forums held across the country to know the scientific and pubic opinion on the issue.

The news came just two days after a drug policy meeting organized by United Nation’s General Assembly to rethink the current strategy of fighting drug trafficking.

“We, Mexicans, know all too well the range and the defects of prohibitionist and punitive policies, and of the so-called war on drugs that has prevailed for 40 years,” Pena told to media.

“Fortunately, a new consensus is gradually emerging worldwide in favour of reforming drug policies. A growing number of countries are strenuously combating criminals, but instead of criminalising consumers, they offer them alternatives and opportunities.” he added

Pena’s decision would place Mexico in the middle range of drug regulation policiesin the North American region.

Earlier this week, the Canadian Government had announced that it would introduce the legislation to legalise the marijuana sale for recreational usage.