Mexico’s Risky Experiment With Legalized Cannabis

A farmer works in a marijuana field in the mountains surrounding Badiraguato, Sinaloa state, Mexico, April 6, 2021 (AP photo by Eduardo Verdugo).
A farmer works in a marijuana field in the mountains surrounding Badiraguato, Sinaloa state, Mexico, April 6, 2021 (AP photo by Eduardo Verdugo).
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In early March, Mexico’s lower house of Congress approved a bill to legalize and regulate recreational cannabis. The bill, now under consideration in the Senate, is expected to pass with some changes, and ultimately be approved by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. “The law should meet two goals,” Senate Majority Leader Ricardo Monreal said in April. “Reducing criminality and eliminating the prohibition that has led to thousands of people being imprisoned for having a few grams of marijuana.” How likely are these two objectives to be met? Of the two, the second goal is the more easily achievable, even if […]

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