Last updateFri, 29 Apr 2016 3pm

Mexico starts debate on legalization of marijuana

The first of five pubic forums on marijuana use in Mexico was held January 26 in Cancun.  At least 15 Mexican and foreign experts participated in the discussion that focused on public health and prevention. 

President Enrique Peña Nieto promised a national debate on the issue of marijuana legalization following a recent decision by the Mexican Supreme Court that cast doubts on the constitutionality of banning the substance. He says he opposes legalization for recreational use but is open-minded about its medical benefits.  Surveys show the majority of Mexicans to be against legalization. 

The remaining four pubic forums are scheduled over the next three weeks and can be  viewed online. The debates take  place ahead of a special United Nations summit on drug policy, UNGASS 2016, in April.

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