Marijuana Legalization Is Gaining Momentum in Mexico City’s Mayoral Race

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Espa帽olMexico has faced violence caused by illegal drug trafficking for聽over a decade, the most common聽of which聽involves marijuana. Recent data shows there has been an increase in production of聽marijuana not only as an exportable commodity, but also for local consumption. This has resulted in聽more聽calls for its legalization.

Candidate for Governor of Mexico City,聽Salom贸n Chertorivski, has been a champion of legalization. In an interview with Reuters,聽he said聽he would promote the legalization of marijuana cultivation for聽personal consumption.

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The center-left candidate and former federal Health Secretary is part of a coalition created to participate in the upcoming elections on July 1. “My proposal is the legalization of private cultivation for personal consumption, not for sale, in private homes in Mexico City,” he said.

According to the 43-year-old candidate, drug use should be addressed as a public health issue and not as a crime. He聽also聽said聽Mexico City should opt for a method聽of decriminalization that聽moves gradually, “step by step”.

Mexico has already begun to soften its policies聽on marijuana. In recent years, it has decriminalized the possession of small amounts of the drug, which has contributed to the debate about expanding its legalization. Such a strategy would begin to take power away from the drug cartels that have聽contributed to聽the country’s聽problem with violent death.

As Mexico City continues to grow 鈥 its current population has surpassed 20 million 鈥 an increasing number of liberal policies have begun to grow in popularity. Besides same-sex marriage and the legalization of abortion聽for certain circumstances, citizens there have begun to show strong support for new legislation on marijuana.聽Chertorivski said discussions about private cultivation of cannabis are only going to make that support grow.

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