Last updateFri, 19 Sep 2014 3pm
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Polemic marijuana poll permits 15-year-olds to cast vote

A five-day, statewide, non-binding plebiscite on relaxing marijuana laws in Jalisco kicked off slowly Wednesday, as 82 electronic voting urns were set up in plazas throughout the Guadalajara metropolitan area.

The vote widens its net on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, moving out to all of Jalisco’s 125 municipalities, including Chapala, where first reports suggest that at least one machine will be installed on the malecon.

All Mexicans over the age of 15 are permitted to vote in the poll, commissioned by state legislator Enrique Velazquez Gonzalez of the left-of-center Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), who plans to introduce a bill in the State Congress based on the survey’s results.

The poll asks two questions requiring yes or no answers: Should the legal amount of marijuana a person is allowed to have in their possession be raised from five to 30 grams? Do you agree that people in Jalisco who suffer from a terminal or chronic/degenerative disease can, if their doctor prescribes it, keep up to five marijuana plants or 150 grams of marijuana without being bothered by authorities?

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