Mexico’s President-Elect Says He’s Open To Drug Legalization


On Sunday, political leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador won a landslide victory to become Mexico’s next president, effective December 1st. Having proclaimed a desire to transition away from pursuing criminal charges for people who consume drugs and toward treatment-based programs, his government could be the one to finally repeal cannabis prohibition in Mexico. López Obrador has not made any comments on the legalization of cannabis specifically, but other members of his staff have. His pick for interior secretary during the presidential transition, Olga Sánchez Cordero, has been quite vocal about her opinions on cannabis legalization, saying that she will “seek the decriminalization of marijuana for recreational use.” However, López Obrador has committed himself to the reduction of violent crimes in Mexico, something that will likely require a restructuring of drug laws. “I will achieve peace, that’s my commitment, I will achieve peace and end the war – we are not going to continue with the same strategy that hasn’t brought us positive results,” stated López Obrador. Mexico’s President-Elect Says He’s Open To Drug Legalization

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