Mexico Just Legalized Medical Cannabis Nationwide Exposing America’s Oppression

By Rachel Blevins

As a growing number of individual states in the U.S. stand up to the federal government on marijuana prohibition, Mexico legalized medical marijuana nationwide on Monday.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto issued a decree, following the bill’s overwhelming approval from Mexico’s Senate in December, with a vote of 98-7, and from Mexico’s Lower House of Congress in April, with a vote of 374-7 vote.

The ruling eliminates the prohibition and criminalization of acts related to the medicinal use of marijuana and its scientific research, and those relating to the production and distribution of the plant for these purposes.

The decree stated that the nation’s Ministry of Health would be in charge of “public policies regulating the medicinal use of pharmacological derivatives of cannabis sativa, indica and Americana or marijuana, including tetrahydrocannabinol, its isomers and stereochemical variants, as well as how to regulate the research and national production of them.”

The measure was also applauded by Mexico’s Secretary of Health, Dr. José Narro Robles. “I welcome the approval of the therapeutic use of cannabis in Mexico,” he wrote on Twitter.

While Peña Nieto was once a staunch opponent of marijuana legalization, he appears to have changed his tune, following a nationwide public debate on legalization in early 2016. He is now encouraging the U.S. to follow Mexico’s lead.

During a speech at the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Sessions, Peña Nieto called for a change in global drug policy, and said he believes drug use should be viewed as a “public health problem,” and users should not face criminal charges.

“So far, the solutions [to control drugs and crime] implemented by the international community have been frankly insufficient,” Peña Nieto said. “We must move beyond prohibition to effective prevention.”

Peña Nieto introduced a measure in April 2016 that would have decriminalized the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis. It would have also freed anyone who was on trial, or serving time for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana. The bill was stalled in Congress.

We Mexicans know all too well the range and the defects of prohibitionist and punitive policies, and of the so-called war on drugs that has prevailed for 40 years. Our country has suffered, as few have, the ill effects of organized crime tied to drug trafficking. Fortunately, a new consensus is gradually emerging worldwide in favor of reforming drug policies. A growing number of countries are strenuously combating criminals, but instead of criminalizing consumers, they offer them alternatives and opportunities.

As The Free Thought Project reported, Grace Elizalde, an 8-year-old girl with epilepsy, became Mexico’s first legally recognized medical marijuana patient in September 2015. Her family said they sought out the treatment, after their daughter began suffering from up to 400 seizures in a single day.

Mexico’s decision to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, accompanied with Peña Nieto’s newfound support for a change in global drug policy, serve as a reminder that after nearly 50 years of battling a failed “War on Drugs,” the U.S. federal government is still refusing to acknowledge the real answer to the problem.

Rachel Blevins is a Texas-based journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives. This article first appeared here at The Free Thought Project.


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8 Comments on "Mexico Just Legalized Medical Cannabis Nationwide Exposing America’s Oppression"

  1. “Mexico’s decision to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, accompanied with Peña Nieto’s
    newfound support for a change in global drug policy, serve as a
    reminder that after nearly 50 years of battling a failed “War on Drugs,”
    the U.S. federal government is still refusing to acknowledge the real
    answer to the problem.”

    The U.S. Federal Government *is* the problem. This is one problem that needs to go away.

  2. Yet again, more humans thinking they are getting something good because the masters are throwing out bread crumbs.

  3. The ‘war on drugs’ is nothing short of keeping the little guy locked out so the Royals and the Mena, Ark. folks could be the proud owners of all the routes.
    Suggested reads : ‘Barry (Seal) and the boys’ Dennis Hopsicker and ‘the Committee of 300’ John D. Coleman.

  4. any plant that heals is banned because sickness and death is the agenda of the nwo

  5. The Lords of Hypocrisy in Sewer Nation hold a patent for medical cannabis and have for quite awhile. It was actually Sewer Nation who cajoled Mexico into outlawing it.

    Sewer Nation – Idiot Culture.

  6. catalanismo is hatred | June 21, 2017 at 11:39 pm | Reply

    GREAT NEWS FOR MEXICO, BUT WE CAN NOT FORGET HOW MUCH AMERICANS AND SPECIALLY TRUMP´S DEPLORABLES WANT DESTROY MEXICO

  7. Cliff Sullivan | June 22, 2017 at 8:05 am | Reply

    Alcohol prohibition gave us the MOB. Drug prohibition gave us Drug Cartels. But it is time to end the war on drugs when the US government and its agencies begin importing drugs to fund their black ops and secret programs , governments profiteering on the weaknesses of the people is the height of corruption.

  8. Yvonne Forsman | June 23, 2017 at 3:41 am | Reply

    Now US is sandwiched between two countries with legal cannabis, Mexico and Canada. And we are paying the Chinese to grow industrial hemp instead of growing it here. Makes sense! (sarcasm)

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