How U.S. changes in marijuana affect Mexico
As the United States starts to open up more to the legalization of marijuana, whether it be for medical or recreational use, Mexico is still stuck in a weed ban that has been leading to more and more gang violence and deaths. Because of the U.S.’s war on drugs, tens of thousands of people have been killed in Mexico. Murders in Mexico are even on track to breach 20,000, which would be the first time in four years, adding to the more than 100,000 gang-related deaths since the crackdown on the drug cartels.
When California legalized recreational marijuana use back in November, it put more pressure on Mexican legislators to alter their policies. Many feel that it’s endangering the country of Mexico and that it’s crazy that they continue to have crime and deaths due to marijuana, but on the U.S. border, it’s being passed for everyday recreational use.
The current president of Mexico, Pena Nieto, stated back in 2014 that Mexico couldn’t be on the same path as the U.S when it came to marijuana. Nieto proposed back in April of 2016 to decriminalize possession of marijuana of up to 28 grams of marijuana for personal use. This proposal would allow the people that have been jailed for having up to that amount to be set free.
Mexican opinion polls show that they support the use of medical marijuana, but they are still not quite sure about the liberalization of marijuana for recreational use due to the constant amounts of crime that have already taken place. In Tijuana, people are taking advantage of the medical marijuana brought over from California because of the quality of it. They look at it as a luxury compared to the marijuana that is already being grown over there.