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While Mexico was expected to legalize cannabis by the end of the month, probably a little late because of pressure from companies trying to influence the legalization process, Mario Delgado Carrillo, leader of the ruling MORENA party, suggests legalizing all drugs to fight cartels.

“I think that after the events in Culiacán[: one of El Chapo’s sons was captured, triggered an instant urban war, then released by the police to calm the situation], it is urgent to join a drug regulation process. So,we should start with cannabis and create a legal framework for its regulation and legalization and reduce this black market,” said Mario Delgado Carrillo.

“The first step now should be to regulate the drug market, to eliminate those markets that give so much power to organized crime,” he said.

Delgado Carrillo said that, even if the Assembly’s agenda were full, legislators could address the issue of reform at the end of November or early December.

“Mexico must take a step forward,” he added. “We will have to experiment with this regulation, but the objective should be to protect people’s right to health, to the development of free personality and to eliminate the black market in drugs.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has already included the decriminalization of drugs in a plan published last May. This proposal also included a provision that would provide consumers with a “supply of prescription doses”, suggesting that some form of legal distribution would be allowed for sick people.

“When it comes to drugs, the prohibitionist strategy is already unsustainable, not only because of the violence caused by its poor public health results,” the document says. “In most of the countries where it has been applied, this strategy has not resulted in a reduction in consumption. »

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