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Mexico: Lopez Obrador government to consider legalization of drugs

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Mexico: Lopez Obrador government to consider legalization of drugs

Mexico's incoming president has granted his interior minister "carte blanche" to consider legalizing drugs. The new Mexican government has promised to respond to record-high violence with a package of judicial reforms.



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Mexico's new government is set explore the possibility of legalizing drugs, as part of a policy to tackle the violent crime that grips the nation, incoming Interior Minister Olga Sanchez Cordero said on Tuesday.

Sanchez Cordero, a former Supreme Court judge, made the remark at a university seminar on the nation's cartel-fueled violence. Mexico's drug traffickers are the biggest suppliers of cocaine, heroin and other narcotics to the US.

"On the subject of decriminalizing drugs, Andres Manuel told me, and I quote: 'Carte blanche. Whatever is necessary to restore peace in this country. Let's open up the debate,'" Sanchez Cordero said.

Since Mexico deployed its army to fight drug trafficking in 2006, the country has been engulfed in a wave of violence that has seen more than 200,000 murders. The incoming interior minister said that this militarization policy was in violation of the constitutional statute that public safety should be in the responsibility of civilian authorities.

"What no one can deny with hard data is that, at least in the past 10 years, the Mexican government has been incapable of stopping violence and responding to it with institutional mechanisms," Sanchez Cordero said, in a clear rebuke to previous administrations.


Criminal reform proposal

The future interior minister also spoke about her plans to propose legislation in Congress for a so-called "transitional justice system," that would include reduced sentences for criminals who cooperate with authorities on unsolved crimes. This would be an attempt to make headway in solving the tens of thousands of missing persons cases currently in Mexico.

But it would also include Lopez Obrador's controversial proposal to provide legal amnesty for certain drug crimes. In her appearance on Tuesday, Sanchez Cordero clarified that those responsible for "grave human rights violations" would not be eligible for the proposed amnesty.

"A transitional justice system for Mexico is possible and urgent, not just for the victims of the violence but for all of Mexican society," said Sanchez Cordero.

The new government's proposal would also include truth commissions, such as those used in post-conflict situations, and a system of reparations for victims of drug violence.


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Mexico’s Ruling Party Plans Legislation To Legalize Marijuana Sales


By Tom Angell 
November 2, 2018


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Just days after Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that laws prohibiting the use, possession and personal cultivation of marijuana are unconstitutional, key officials from the country’s ruling party said they are already pondering legislation to legalize cannabis sales as well.

First, Mexico’s Congress will act to repeal the now-invalidated criminal statues against marijuana.

But then, “we are going to take a step forward in the regulation that may already involve the production, marketing and distribution of marijuana,” said Olga Sánchez Cordero, a senator who is expected to become interior secretary in the incoming government of President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Their party, the National Regeneration Movement, which goes by the acronym MORENA in Spanish, controls Mexico’s Congress.

“I say it from the heart: we celebrate it, the Court is setting a marvelous precedent for us to walk in that direction,” Sánchez said, according to a Google translation of a Reforma report.

Mario Delgado, a party leader in the other half of Mexico’s Congress, the Chamber of Deputies, told the news outlet that he would support the marijuana legislation.

“We have seen progress in Canada, in the United States,” he said.

Last month, Sánchez and other members of López Obrador’s future cabinet discussed legalizing cannabis with Canadian government officials on a trip to that country, which ended prohibition of cannabis on October 17.

López Obrador takes office as president on December 1.



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Post by notsofasteddie » Thu 8th Nov 2018 12:59 am

Key Mexican Senator Introduces Bill To Legalize Marijuana Sales


By Tom Angell
November 6, 2018


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A senator from Mexico’s ruling party who will soon be a key member of the incoming president’s cabinet filed a bill to legalize marijuana production and sales on Tuesday.

The move comes less than one week after the Mexican Supreme Court struck down the country’s criminalization of cannabis use and possession as unconstitutional.

Under the proposed General Law for the Regulation and Control of Marijuana, introduced by Olga Sánchez Cordero, a senator who is expected to become interior secretary in the government of President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, it would be legal to use, possess, cultivate and sell of cannabis, subject to regulations.

The legislation would create a new Institute for the Regulation and Control of Cannabis under the country’s Ministry of Health, which would issue licenses and permits for marijuana cultivation, harvesting, transportation, processing and sales.

Individuals would be allow to grow up to 20 mature cannabis plants for personal consumption on private property. They would be limited to producing 480 grams of marijuana per year, and would have to register plants with regulators.

People who require greater amounts of cannabis for medical use would be able to request permits.

Selling or giving marijuana products to people under the age of 18 would be prohibited.

Last month, Sánchez and other members of López Obrador’s incoming cabinet discussed legalizing cannabis with Canadian government officials on a trip to that country, which ended prohibition of cannabis on October 17.

López Obrador takes office as president on December 1.



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