Medical and Recreational Marijuana Movement in Mexico


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According to Reuters, Sen. Cristina Diaz Salazar believes Mexico’s Congress should approve a medical marijuana bill by May 2016. If passed, the bill would allow for the importation and use of marijuana for therapeutic purposes; however, it would not permit medical marijuana cultivation in the country.

Diaz announced her bill shortly after Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation granted an amparo, legal protection, on Nov. 4, 2015, that approved personal use of marijuana, including personal cultivation, for four plaintiffs named in the court’s ruling.

In addition to the possibility of legal medical marijuana use in Mexico, the Congress of Mexico will hold its first hearing on the issue of recreational marijuana legalization on Jan. 25, 2016.

On Jan. 26, in a separate public dialogue, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s administration will hold the first of five forums to discuss the potential legalization of recreational marijuana. Nieto’s administration has also launched a website to foster the conversation of legalization in Mexico.

Caroline Cahill was the Managing Editor of MJINews from June 2014 through February 2018. She earned her BA in Communications from College of Charleston and her MFA in Creative Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University. You can follow her on Twitter @CtheresaC.

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