Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Mexico mulling over making marijuana legal as dominoes beginning to fall following Canada's legalization last week

Last week, Canada officially became the first nation to legalize marijuana across an entire country.  And while The Netherlands has decriminalized the personal use of pot for years, it still remains illegal under the law.

Now just a week later, this legalization by America's neighbors to the North appears to be sparking a domino effect as on Oct. 24, officials in Mexico are mulling the idea of legalizing cannabis in their country.

Mexico’s incoming foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, said the country could “absolutely” follow Canada in legalizing marijuana as a way to reduce violence generated by a war on drugs that “doesn’t work.” 
This week he met with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and said that Ottawa’s experience “is a very interesting option in the short term for Mexico.” 
According to Ebrard – who will become foreign minister when Mexico’s president-elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, takes office on December 1 – “there are two options: the Canadian model or the Uruguay model.” 
Ebrard explained that “It doesn’t make sense to have a law forbidding the possession or production of cannabis and we have 9,000 people in jail for that, we have a huge amount of violence in the country.” 
“You spend a huge amount of money [on policing], you cause suffering for a lot of people and it doesn’t make sense,” he added. 
“[Prohibition] doesn’t work, you have the cannabis anyway,” the incoming FM said. – Russia Today
The Prohibition Era in the U.S. during the 1920's proved that not only does making a relatively safe vice illegal not work, but in the end it makes things much worse for both society and law enforcement as it drives the substance into the criminal realm.  And 100 years later, Washington is still failing to recognize this truth as the 40+ year War on Drugs has resulted in millions of incarcerated Americans, and an opioid crisis that is out of their control.

Science has proven that cannabis has an extraordinary amount of lower cost benefits in the realms of medicine and pain relief, and the public overall has reached a point where a majority of individuals are now in favor of its legalization.  And since one of the government's hidden altruism's is 'If you can't beat it, then co-opt it so you can tax it', perhaps Mexico is coming to the same realizations that Canada has in turning the tables where the legalization of cannabis can make you money, rather than cost you it.


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