After the Mexican Supreme Court ruled that the country's laws criminalizing marijuana were illegal, now it appears the Mexico's Congress will consider legalizing recreational marijuana.
A bill was introduced to the Mexican Congress last week that would legalize recreational marijuana, allowing people to grow, consume and purchase cannabis legally. The bill was introduced by the political party that includes incoming Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, indicating that the soon-to-be leader of Mexico supports this move.
Many politicians in Mexico are arguing that legalizing recreational marijuana will help reduce the amount of violence in the country related to drug trafficking. Legalizing recreational marijuana would just be one part of Lopez Obrador's plan to reduce violence, which includes other policies such as amnesty for nonviolent criminals involved in the drug trade and the decriminalization of other drugs.
However, it's not a sure thing the bill will pass. Other pro-cannabis bills have been introduced in Mexico's Congress in the past, and most of them have failed. And recent polls show around 56 percent of Mexican citizens oppose legalizing marijuana, so enacting this bill would be contrary to voters' desires.
But technically the Mexican government does need to respond in some way after Mexico's Supreme Court ruled marijuana prohibition was unconstitutional next month. If they don't, the country will be without any laws governing cannabis use.
(h/t LA Times)