Medical Marijuana Legal Nationwide in Mexico

Marijuana Grow Near Albany For State's Legal Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
JOHNSTOWN, NY – AUGUST 19: Cannabis plants grow in the greenhouse at Vireo Health’s medical marijuana cultivation facility, August 19, 2016 in Johnstown, New York. New York state lawmakers voted to legalize marijuana for medical use in 2014 and the law took effect in January 2016. Currently, five organizations are allowed to grow and sell the drug for medical use in the state. New York’s new law only allows people with ‘severe debilitating or life threatening conditions’ to obtain marijuana for medical use. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

After massive support from both Mexico’s Senate and Lower House, President Enrique Pena Nieto made an official decree legalizing medical marijuana.

The decree states that the Ministry of Health will create policies on regulations, research and production of medical marijuana. Mexican Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Narro Robles stated “ I welcome the approval of the therapeutic use of cannabis in Mexico.”

Latin America has been moving towards decriminalization as a tactic to combat the drug trade, demonstrating once again the devastating effect of prohibition of controlled substances. Portugal has already demonstrated the benefits of having a policy geared towards medical treatment and deregulation.

Hopefully, these country’s efforts will inspire the United States to adopt similar legislation and end the foolish War on Drugs.

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Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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