It begins with a quote from Mexico’s Secretary of Health, Dr. José Narro Robles: “I welcome the approval of the therapeutic use of cannabis in Mexico.” The decree was issued by the office of the Mexican president today and specifies that the Ministry of Health will be tasked with drafting and implementing the regulations 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.”
This ruling immediately resolved the criminality and prohibition of the drug for medical purposes (and for scientific studies). Currently, the only cannabis that will be permitted must contain 1% or less of tetrahydrocannabinol, and the Ministry of Health will be required to study the medicinal and therapeutic effects of cannabis before creating the framework for a medical marijuana program infrastructure.
There will certainly still be hurdles to overcome on the bumpy road to medical marijuana, but Mexico just surpassed the biggest obstacle so far.
Mexican president Peña Nieto was once a vehement opponent of cannabis legalization, but has since called for a re-examination of global drug policy after a nationwide public debate on legalization in early 2016: “So far, the solutions [to control drugs and crime] implemented by the international community have been frankly insufficient,” Peña Nieto told the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Sessions in April 2016. “We must move beyond prohibition to effective prevention.”
What this means is that nationally, the nation most closely aligned with American integration (as a border-sharing nation to the U.S., Mexican law has a direct impact on American citizens) is now involved in federal measures to legalize cannabis use. It is a breakthrough for the international scene, and will add pressure to American law-makers to follow suit.
It’s also an extremely savvy business move for the Mexican government.
What remains to be seen is whether momentum can be carried through to further legalization measures in Mexico, and what this effect will have on the American market. But for fans of legalization, it’s a pronounced step in the right direction. As reported here: https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/mexico-legalizes-medical-marijuana