In a bold move last Tuesday, the Mexican Senate has agreed to put forth an amendment that will allow medical marijuana for those in need south of the border.
The reform is expected to be officially executed next week on Tuesday, December 13th. This monumental decision will create a medical marijuana sandwich out of North America, with the US federal government being the only one still clinging to the prohibition of yesteryear.
The move comes as several members of the Mexican government call for medical cannabis access. The cross-party agreement happened between the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the National Action Party (PAN), and the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), Mexico’s three major political parties.
During the meeting this week, the Senate also heard from José Narro Robles, the Secretary of Health who underlined the importance of Mexico adopting this new legislation.
President Enrique Pena Nieto has been a vocal supporter of medical cannabis and loosening recreational laws as well. This past September, the Mexican President met with California lawmakers to discuss what might happen should Proposition 64 be successful. He has also said in the past that Mexico and the U.S. should not pursue diverging policies on cannabis.
Now that California has passed the bill and recreational marijuana in The Golden State is a reality, all eyes will be on Mexico to see if this will be the catalyst that finally crumbles recreational prohibition for the Spanish nation. Until that point, at the very least patients will soon be receiving the medicine they need without fear of persecution.