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A country that has been plagued by warring drug cartels is now seriously considering decriminalizing the use of marijuana, and it is looking to its neighbors up north as well as in the southern end of the Western Hemisphere on how to go about it.
On Tuesday, Mexico's incoming Domestic Affairs officer and former Supreme Court judge, Senator Olga Sanchez-Cordero, presented a proposal to her colleagues in the Mexican legislature supporting the new government's position on the legalization to a certain extent.
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'This initiative proposes an adequate and responsible legislation model for a Mexican reality that opts for change and recognizes the historical moment that we are prepared to undertake it,' the former judge stated in her proposal, according to Mexican outlet, Semana.
Canada legalized the personal use of marijuana October 17. Uruguay has acknowledged the practiced since 2013.
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Just days after the Canadian government gave the green light, Mexico's next foreign minister when Mexico's president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador takes office December 1 applauded his counterpart's proposal.
'We think it is a very interesting option in the short term for Mexico,' Marcelo Ebrand told the AFP. 'We think there are two options: the Canadian model or the Uruguay model.
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'It doesn't make sense to have a law forbidding the possession or production of cannabis and we have 9,000 people in jail for that, we have a huge amount of violence...
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