For today's weed news we go to the great nation of Mexico.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico's recently elected president ran on a platform of, amongst other things, cannabis legalization and ending the War on Drugs in his country. And now, almost 6 months after he officially took office, we are beginning to see the first signs of change on the horizon!
President Lopez Obrador recently presented his National Development Plan for 2019-2024, in which he referred to the current prohibitionist approach to drugs as "unsustainable".
He continued by explaining that the War on Drugs approach criminalizes people who would otherwise not be considered lawbreakers. He also mentioned that he believes that criminalizing getting high leads to "violence and public health harms".
The Development Plan proposes that Mexico negotiate with the US as well as engage in discussions with organizations like the United Nations to try to put an end to drug prohibition as we know it. President Lopez Obrador said he feels that the funds and energy spent on fighting drugs could be used much more effectivly if directed to treatment programs and rehabilitation insead.
Needless to say I fully agree.
Maria McFarland Sanchez Moreno, the executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance recently issued a statement about all of this saying "Mexico's president is rightly identifying one of the major drivers of violence and corruption in his country: the prohibition of drugs. The next step is to translate words in action, by pursuing both a domestic and international agenda of drug policy reform, and respect for human rights."
This sounds like music to my ears. I certainly hope that before the end of the year, president Lopez Obrador is able to implement some tangible changes to the drug laws in Mexico. I absolutely agree that legalization of not just weed but most psychoactive substances would lead to a significant drop in cartel violence, by taking away lots of profits from black market drug suppliers.
I am eager to see how this unfolds and of course I want to give a huge shout out to president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for having the courage to propose something as genius, and as unprecedented as ending the War on Drugs right now.
I'm seriously considering moving to Mexico the minute they tell me it's cool for me to grow my own plants and smoke weed there.
And that's what's up in Mexico!
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