Mexico City Plans To Legalize Marijuana


You know that smoky haze that hangs over Mexico City? Soon, the pollution from traffic won’t be the only cause!

According to the Huffington Post, legislators in Mexico City are planning to draft a bill that would decriminalize marijuana use in the city. Lawmakers are pushing to make it legal to carry up to 30 grams, or just over an ounce, of the drug.

Additionally, legislators have discussed forming “cannabis clubs” where community members could grow the herb together.

The movement to legalize marijuana has intensified in recent months, following a wave of pro-marijuana sentiment across Latin America. In August, Uruguay's lower house passed a bill legalizing the drug. The bill is expected to pass through the Senate later this month. 

While Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has taken a strong stand against the easing of drug policies in the country, many argue that the decriminalization will curb drug violence, which has claimed nearly 60,000 lives in the past six years alone.

Mexican assemblyman Vidal Llerenas thinks legalizing the drug has many positive political implications. Hesaid, “The war against drugs is a failure. We are not going to win it. We cannot hope for a drug-free world. But we can hope to limit the damage and take the profits away from organized crime.”

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New YorkNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. . You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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