Published On: Fri, Feb 14th, 2014

Bill to legalize marijuana presented in Mexico City: Effects Could Liberalize Laws Nationwide

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MEXICO CITY, D.F. – On Thursday, February 13, 2014, a group of legislators in the Mexican Capital tabled a bill to formally legalize the sale and consumption of Marijuana.  Though small possession (5 grams or less) was decriminalized back in 2009, the new bill aims to make possession of up to 5 grams fully legal under the law and reclassify it from a Type 1 to a Type 3 substance (indicating that it has therapeutic use).

A second bill was also introduced at the same time, which aims to liberalize the pot laws across the nation.  If passed, this bill would allow for the medical use of marijuana and open up the ability to prescribe it for certain medical conditions.  States would be allowed more control on how they would handle the legal sale, as the federal government would scale back their control.

The politicians who introduced the bills had recently taken a trip to Colorado and Washington State to see their implementation of the new “Pot Programs” at the invitation of the Drug Policy Alliance (a NY Based NPO for drug-policy reform).


Sources: With Files from Associated Press, Reuters, and Huffington Post

by Erich Briehl

Erich Briehl is a veteran videojournalist/photojournalist who’s work has taken him to Asia and throughout the Americas.  With his beginnings back in 1997, Erich has strived to maintain ethical and professional journalistic standards, while delivering the truth in all stories he presents.


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