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Mexican President Looking to Ease Marijuana Laws

Impacting Travel | Mexico Tourism Board | Donald Wood | April 22, 2016

Mexican President Looking to Ease Marijuana Laws

On Thursday, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto sent legislation to Congress that will ease the country’s laws against the usage and possession of marijuana.

According to Mexico News Daily, the new legislation would allow the use of marijuana for scientific and medical purposes, and would also increase the amount of marijuana a person is permitted to carry, jumping from five grams to 28 grams.

President Nieto revealed that the new laws would allow medicine to be made from marijuana and its ingredients, decriminalize consumption and permit clinical research surrounding the controlled substance.

In addition, the new legislation proposed would call for the reprieve of people currently incarcerated or on trial for possession of less than 28 grams of marijuana.

President Nieto made it clear in the past that he was against legalizing marijuana, but he ordered polls to be conducted about how the consensus feels about the current marijuana policy.

One of the studies conducted found 71 percent of the people polled were against the recreational use of marijuana. On the other hand, the findings also revealed that 64 percent of responders approved the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

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