Members Of Mexico’s Congress Push For Marijuana Reform

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When a lot of people think of the War on Drugs, they think of Mexico because of the strong presence of drug cartels there. Anyone who has ever traveled along the Mexico/USA border knows that the influence from drug cartels is great. Things are often times downright horrific on the other side of the border in border-towns. Unspeakable things happen to innocent people in Mexico all of the time because of the cartels that largely exist because of prohibition in both Mexico and America.

There have been a lot of recent events in Mexico that have resulted in movement on the reform front, most notably a recent Mexico Supreme Court decision that ruled it’s a basic right to possess and cultivate marijuana, at least for the people involved in the case. Today members of Mexico’s Congress spoke out in support of reform. Per Fox Latino:

Members of Congress called Monday for changing Mexico’s punitive marijuana laws at hearings on the use of the plant, whose cultivation and use were approved by the Supreme Court for four citizens last year.

“We have the challenge of proposing an alternative to the problem of the illegal market for marijuana and its negative consequences. Or remain as we are, running the risk of compromising the health, security and dignity of people,” the speaker of the lower house of Congress, Jesus Zambrano, said at the start of the session.

Congress must take immediate action to define the national position on cannabis legalization in the wake of the Supreme Court’s historic ruling to allow four citizens to use marijuana for recreational purposes, the lawmaker said.

This is huge news. If Mexico’s Congress were to move on reform at the same time that debates are going on across Mexico, and closely following the historic Court ruling, that could be enough momentum to get something actually done. Combine that with legalization votes in the United States and the winds of reform picking up in Canada. Come on North America, you can do it!


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  • PhDScientist

    Mexico, like every other country, has a lot of people who get Cancer.

    But its even harder for people there, and in third-world countries, to afford high priced state of the art Cancer drugs than it is for us here in America, even though the price they pay for prescription drugs may be lower.

    Even if they have government provided health coverage, it is very unlikely to cover expensive state of the art Cancer drugs.

    For Cancer Patients all over the world, the need to have safe, legal, access to Medical Marijuana to help with the horrors of Chemotherapy, for appetite enhancement, pain relief and anti-depressant benefits in palliative care, and to be able to try High Dose Medical Marijuana Oil Therapy (HDMMOT) is a matter of life and death..

    The need to immediately legalize Marijuana for Medical purposes, all over the world, is one of the most important moral issues of our time.

    It is as wrong to deny Medical Marijuana to people who suffer, or suffer and die without it as it would be to deny Insulin, Antibiotics, or Anti-retrovirals to people who need them.

    This issue is one of world-wide importance.

    Governments all over the world, and the UN, need to take action on this urgent humanitarian crisis immediately.

    • Closet Warrior

      Preach it PhD!!! Some folks just wanna get high but for others it is a viable alternative for toxicins like chemo. I know, when I did my rounds of chemo, thc and cbd’s were all I looked forward to when I first woke up-it’s all that made me hungry, less nauseous and much less pain!!! I don’t live in a medical friendly state so I had to go black market or cop from my friend which was mostly the same. I have to say it really weighed on my conscience because I know of the atrocities correlated w/underground weed. Not only did my self medicating help my symptoms but also helped me kick a 10yr opiate addiction brought on via car crash. One day your just trying to heal the next day your hooked-HORRIBLE!!! Mary Jane Saved My Life, literally and I love her and have no reason to ever give up on her, she never gave up on me. Thanks for your sensible posts and info.

      • PhDScientist

        An adjunct to Chemo, Yes. An “alternative” to Chemo, NO!
        Steve Jobs died because he used “alternative” treatment, and waited until his Cancer spread, rather than immediately getting the Whipple Procedure and Chemotherapy. If you get Cancer, get the best Oncologist you can and follow your Oncologists directions to the letter. Cancer is deadly, and its a horrible way to die.

        • Closet Warrior

          No alternative doc, just a helpful remedy for many ailments. Thanks for being one of the voices of reason on here along w/Doc deadhead you guys shed new light to the discerning laymen. Thanks again!!!

        • Closet Warrior

          Who knows what the he’ll Johnny is saying half the time, lol

  • PhDScientist

    Its important to separate Medical and “Recreational” Marijuana.
    While there’s nothing wrong with people wanting the right to use Marijuana as an alternative to alcohol, its not a life and death issue like it is for children with seizures, nor a life-saving issue as it is for Cancer Patients, Veterans (and others) with PTSD, or People with Chronic Pain.
    The need for them to have safe, legal, access to Medical Marijuana really is a moral imperative.

    • Agree greatly PhDS but would like to call it “Adult Use” instead of recreational, once again the Gov started the “recreational” wordage to demonize cannabis just like in the late 30’s.

      During alcohol prohibition repeal they carried signs saying “Alcohol For Adults”, not “recreational beer for everyone”!

      I, like many others, HAVE TO use cannabis medically to have any quality of life. Cannabis should be available medically to EVERYONE in need.

      I agree with adult use for those willing to use it responsibly but could care less about the guy that wants to catch a buzz on Saturday night while drinking with his buddies.

    • saynotohypocrisy

      I would say the totally arbitrary and wildly hypocritical prohibition of recreational cannabis is an outrage and a pressing moral issue in this country, all the more so since it forces people to use killer alcohol to get a legal buzz.

      But you’re absolutely right, to deny people lifesaving medicine or medicine that prevents unbearable pain is a way more important issue and a way more urgent moral imperative.

      There’s been a numbers of studies to come out last year and this month showing support for the usefulness of cannabis as an alternative to opiates for pain, childhood epilepsy, Alzheimer’s etc etc. I really don’t understand why the medical marijuana advocacy groups aren’t escalating their rhetoric in response. They could just copy and paste what you have been saying, and demand an urgent reply from our leaders. Obama is really letting people down on this, and Congress is too, and so are the courts. Future courts are going to be aghast at how our courts allowed and are still allowing medicinal marijuana to be prohibited. It’s a goddamn crime against humanity.

      • PhDScientist

        Excellent points. I agree entirely.

      • shmuelman

        Me too, well put.

    • myconaut

      Except that it can PREVENT many of those health problems. No adult should be denied cannabis. All use of cannabis is medicinal. Nobody should have to wait until they’re deathly ill before they can have access to this incredible medicine.

      • PhDScientist

        The problem is that, for a lot of people in Washington, and in positions of authority in general, this is a “third rail” kind of problem. In the past, if someone came out as “pro marijuana” it could spell the end of their political or professional career, because their professional enemies could paint them as a “pot head”
        That’s changing, quickly. There are lots and lots of people who are highly regarded in science and medicine who are becoming brave enough to take a stand.
        One of the most well known examples is Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
        The point is this — In Science, what matters is whether your theory predicts, explains, or reproduces what happens in the real world.
        The simple fact is this — Medical Marijuana saves lives.
        Whether someone likes the idea of Marijuana or not — or their previous view of it or the people who used it — their contempt prior to investigation — their previous prejudices — doesn’t mean squat.
        That’s one of the things that’s great about Science.
        The best thing people who want to see Marijuana legalized can do is to focus on the facts — we’ve got reality on our side.
        That’s also the reason that making “pot jokes” does nothing but harm.
        For people who need Marijuana for medical purposes, Marijuana isn’t about “getting high” its about “staying alive”

  • Jeff Brown

    Cannabis is the most useful plant on the planet; food, clothing, shelter, energy, medicine, insight, re-creation. It has been mankinds companion and helpmate since the beginning. Any law against it is a crime against humanity and creation.

  • PhDScientist

    Cannabis, and its cousin Hemp, feed the hungry, heal the sick, clothe the naked, and house the homeless. As they say in “The Holy Land”, Marijuana is “Tikkun Olam” — a “Gift from God” — “To Heal The World”