Mexico Welcomes Legalizing Cannabis

A Mexican group in favor of legalization has been trying to convince Congress to legalize cannabis. Armando Santacruz, a 54-year-old businessman, organized the group Mexican Society for Responsible and Tolerant Consumption (SMART, in Spanish) with the realization that Mexico needs to legalize and regulate drugs, beginning with cannabis. 

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All members of the group are not even herbalists. They do, however, realize that the crime rate in Mexico is due to the war on illegal drugs, which has led to more than 70,000 deaths since former president Felipe Calderon. Their case, which is went to the Supreme Court yesterday, is based on the fact that growing cannabis is a violation of their constitutional right to a dignified life because it prevents Mexicans from freely developing their personality.

Opponents feel that the SMART case would eventually lead to the full legalization of marijuana, which would make drug lords into legitimate businessmen and create a public health crisis.  Jaime Rodríguez Calderón, governor of the state of Nuevo León, in northern Mexico, said last week, able approach to drugs is a tough one. “Everyone who puts filth in their bodies goes crazy, period."

“We generated this type of controversy because the state has proven to be slow and negligent,” said Lisa Sánchez, a drug policy expert at Mexicans United Against Crime.  The vote yesterday concluded that LatinAmericans should have the right to grow and distribute marijuana for their personal use. 

This is a groundbreaking movement for Mexico that could pave the way for legalizing cannabis for the country.