On Friday, the Mexican congress approved a bill that resulted in the legalization of Medical Marijuana. The legalization also allows the use of marijuana for scientific research. A majority of the politicians voted in support for the legalization. The result was 371 votes by politicians in favour, seven voted against the decision and 11 abstained. The bill will now be moved on to the President for his signature. This final approval states that industrial products with concentrations of one percent THC or less would be legal to buy, sell, import and export.
A statement was published on the website of Lower House.
“The ruling eliminates the prohibition and criminalisation of acts related to the medicinal use of marijuana and its scientific research, and those relating to the production and distribution of the plant for these purposes.”
According to the bill, the Health ministry is the now responsible for designing the regulations for the usage, import and production of health care products that are made from Cannabis or Marijuana.
Some people did seem worried about the decision as they thought that this would open the door for unauthorized usage of large quantities of Marijuana that may lead to health issues. However most people strongly believe that the Government and Health Ministry will keep a check on the usage of Marijuana. Rosa Alba Ramirez of the small Citizens’ Movement party stated: “This is not opening the door for a general and unchecked consumption because it includes measures so the health department can ensure it is not being abused or distorted to widen it to recreational use.”
Most of the parliamentarians believed that it is time to open up and look at narcotics from the health perspective. Rep. Arturo Alvarez of the Green Party said “this is a step in the right direction of exploring new alternatives of regulated, legalized and supervised use, and can open up a new front for authorities to combat addictions and the violence that arises from the illicit activities of drug-growing, trafficking and consumption.”
Controlled usage of Medical Marijuana is nothing short of a revolution in the field of health care. Medical Cannabis can be used to cure a wide variety of health problems. A recent study reported that pot helped reduce the intake of many dangerous drugs. People suffering from chronic pain found great relief using Medical Cannabis.
Lawmakers believe that legalizing medical cannabis is a step in the right direction as it now provides an alternative way of treatment for a wide variety of health problems. The approval of this bill takes Medical Cannabis and Medical Marijuana one-step closer to outright legalization in a country that has been fighting against illegal usage of drugs for decades.
Last year the President of Mexico also proposed a bill that allowed Mexican people to carry up to an ounce of Marijuana. However, the bill stalled in the Congress. The Legalization of Cannabis shows the positive outlook of Mexico towards the future of Public health.