Mexico’s Senate Votes for Medical Cannabis

Mexico’s Senate Votes For Medical Cannabis

Mexico's SenatePresident Enrique Pena Nieto, has proposed on legalizing medical cannabis last April. What’s more is that Mexico’s Senate has a 98-7 votes. Mexico is closer to join the several U.S states and other Latin America nations on legalizing medical cannabis.

The bill, however is now moving on to the chamber of deputies but falls short of demands. Some of the lawmakers and civil groups are arguing on a wider legalization of marijuana use if it can help the country’s drug-related violence.

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Speaking about Senator Angelica de la Pena Gomez, of the leftist Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), she said that there was consent to “do something different in drug policy” because of prohibition. It generated high levels of violence, with more than 100,00 death and systematic violation of human rights.

 

Last year’s court ruling over Cannabidiol (CBD)

Also, Mexico’s senate said in a statement that directs the Health Department. To “design public policies to regulate medicinal use of the plant and its derivatives”.

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Furthermore, a family in Northern Mexico became the first to push the legalization of medical marijuana last year (2015). When the parents of a young girl with epilepsy has won a court battle to import cannabis-based treatment (CBD) to stop her seizures.

As a result, the government has allowed the importation on medicine with cannabidiol (CBD), an active ingredient of the drug. Given that, in November 2015, Supreme Court has authorized four individuals in case-by-case basis that can grow and smoke pot for recreational purposes. Also, the new legislation would also allow patients to consume  THC-rich products.

According to a summary of the bill by Mexico’s Senate..

Mexico's Senate

Moreover, a summary of the bill released by  Mexico’s senate, the country’s Health department will be the one who is responsible for the  policies and to regulate it in public and the medicinal use of the plant.

Rios Piter said that legalizing cannabis could bring relief to Mexicans that suffers from chronic pain and other illness. Despite the fact that marijuana is the number one source of income of drug cartels.

The director of drug policy for Mexico Unido Contra la Delincuencia, Lisa Sanchez told Reuters. She has welcomed the decision but it was not really “end of the road.” She also said that, “It’s been years that we’ve been fighting for acknowledgment and approval and the recognition of the medical and therapeutic uses of marijuana, and today we finally have something.”

Mexico’s Senate Separate Legislation on Possession Limit

Mexico's Senate

Pena Nieto opposed on broader legalization of marijuana but he proposed on increasing the amount of drug that can be legally possessed for personal consumption from 28 grams (one ounce) from five grams. Also, they will draft separate legislation on the possession limit.

Final Thoughts:

Speaking about this, that may not really provide solutions to the larger economic and security issues the faces Mexico, this bill although represents a convincing stepping stone towards a drug reform country that seriously in need. We hope that this will provide more access to those who needs it the most. In addition, free innocent people from biased sentences.

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