Mexican senate votes to legalize medical cannabis

While the United States waits to inaugurate a President-elect whose Attorney General-designate opposes any use of marijuana, the upper house of the Mexican legislature has voted to legalize medical pot.

Indeed, Jeff Sessions, who will head the criminal justice system in the U.S., once joked that the only thing wrong with the Ku Klux Klan was that Kluxers were known to toke the occasional doobie.

From Deutsche Welle:

Following a national debate on narcotics policy, the Mexican Senate passed a bill on Tuesday approving the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

Senators voted 98-7 for the legislation, moving Mexico closer to joining several US states and other nations in Latin America in allowing cannabis for medical uses.

In a major policy shift, President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed legalizing medical marijuana in April after his government organized forums to discuss changes to the laws.

The bill fails to meet demands from lawmakers and civil groups, however,  who argue that wider legalization can help the country which is mired in brutal drug violence. Nieto opposes a broader legalization of marijuana but has previously proposed increasing the amount of the drug that can legally be possessed for personal consumption from 28 grams (one ounce) from five grams.

Senator Miguel Barbosa, of the leftist Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), lamented on Tuesday that the legislation was “well below the expectations of society” regarding reforms of marijuana laws.


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