Mexico recently made history when they legalized medical cannabis. Like other countries around the world, support for legalization of marijuana in Mexico is growing. And if one man running for Mexico City mayor gets his way, cannabis consumption in Mexico’s capital city will soon be legal for personal use.
Mexico City Candidate for Mayor Supports Personal-Use Consumption and Cultivation of Cannabis
Salomon Chertorivski is a nominee for the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), one of three of the major political parties in Mexico. Chertorivski (who is the second most popular choice for Mexico City Mayor) recently expressed his support for personal use cannabis cultivation.
“My proposal is the legalization of the private cultivation for personal consumption, not for sale, in homes in Mexico City,” Chertorivski said in a statement last week.
He believes that legalizing personal-use cultivation would take money from drug cartels synonymous with Mexico. Not only do cartels make millions in black market sales each year, but are associated with brutal violence throughout Mexico. Legalizing personal cannabis consumption, Chertorivski believes, would help begin to weaken the infrastructure of cartels in the country.
As a former health minister and Mexico City government official, Chertorivski thinks that drug use in Mexico should be treated as a public health issue, rather than as criminal activity. He wants to take a “step-by-step” approach to drug decriminalization in Mexico…and wants to start with reforming marijuana policy.
Marijuana Policy in Mexico is Moving Forward
Marijuana policy in Mexico began to change in 2009, when the possession of up to five grams was decriminalized. At the same time, “personal use” amounts of cocaine, heroin, and other drugs, in a first-attempt effort to treat addiction as a public health concern, rather than a criminal violation.
In 2017, President Enrique Pena Nieto signed a medical cannabis decree into law that was supported by an overwhelming majority in the Mexican Senate and Lower House of Congress. It’s expected that cannabis-derived products to treat cancer, epilepsy, and a few other conditions will be in pharmacies sometime this year.
Cannabis legalization in Mexico is supported by one-third of voters. And if Mexico City mayoral candidate Salomon Chertoriviski wins the election this July, the voices of those supporting legalization in Mexico City will be heard.
Landmark changes around the world are happening with marijuana reform. Soon, citizens of Mexico’s capital city may soon be able to grow their marijuana for personal use, a decision that could easily have a domino-effect throughout the country. When it comes to countries that allow the personal consumption of cannabis, Mexico might just be next.