Mexico Uses the US as an Example in Trying to Legalize Weed

Across the United States, the use of marijuana has been legalized in 24 states — mostly for medicinal purposes — but there are some states that have approved it for recreational use. From those states, there are two key factors that many are taking note of, including Mexican legislator Fernando Belaunzarán.

Belaunzarán wants Mexico, which outlawed the cultivation of marijuana in the 1940s, to do the same. That’s right, he’s been trying to convince them for years and now it’s finally getting a legitimate review in the courts. Despite the small progress, Belaunzarán has a few harsh words for the Mexican system.

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“In Mexico the politicians are cowards, and, even now, they accepted the debate only … because they had no other choice with the legalizations in the United States,” said Belaunzarán to Fox News Latino. “We should have taken up [legalization] a while ago.”

Despite all the shortcomings, the fight for marijuana legalization in Mexico isn’t over. Looks like all they have to do is convince President Peña Nieto, the Secretary of Health, Mercedes Juan and reverse a few international treaties. No biggy, right?

To learn more on the legalization of marijuana in Mexico, click here.

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