Cancun will host first national marijuana debate on Jan. 26
CANCUN, Q. Roo — The first national forum for discussion of legal marijuana use in Mexico will be held in Cancun, Q. Roo on Jan. 26, Undersecretary of the Interior Ministry for Human Rights, Roberto Campa, announced.
At a press conference, Campa also revealed the features of the Digital Platform around a broad and inclusive debate ordered by President Enrique Peña Nieto, so all voices and positions on this issue are heard in five forums to be held at the national level.
Campa stressed that the objectives of this discussion are: the design of new public policies and consideration of the international context, since this is a specialized subject.
In November 2015, the Supreme Court of Mexico endorsed four people who requested an injunction to be allowed to use marijuana for recreational purposes.
Campa said the forums will review information like different laws of 14 countries and three states of the USA that have legalized marijuana use.
He also commented on the recent annual meeting with ambassadors and consuls of Mexico abroad who may be asked to collect and send information about the topics discussed.
He said that the second chapter of the Platform includes academic papers, research and articles on regulation, public health, public safety, consumers, therapeutic use, human rights, prison system and economic development.
The first Forum of Public Health and Prevention will be held on January 26; the Ethics and Human Rights on February 23. There will also be forums on March 8 and March 22; the fifth and final debate will be in Mexico City and will include all the issues.
In turn, the Federal Commissioner for Protection against Health Risks, Mikel Arriola recalled that the Supreme Court issued an injunction by which it ordered the federal health agency Cofepris to issue authorizations allowing four plaintiffs to sow, cultivate, harvest and consume marijuana for recreational use.
He said that due to this, President Enrique Peña Nieto instructed the Ministries of the Interior and Health to generate a broad debate to convene sociologists, doctors, academics and society to identify possible policies and actions of the state against marijuana.
He said that the first forum, to be held next January 26 at the International Convention Center of Cancun, Quintana Roo, will aim to analyze alternative regulatory marijuana under a public health perspective and addiction prevention.
The consultation seeks to bring together the scientific positions of the experts in the field and civil society on issues such as effects of marijuana on health, the negative effects contrasting with other legal and illegal drugs.
Mikel Arriola explained that this first meeting will begin with a lecture and then discussion groups that will be established in which domestic and foreign experts, and members of society will present their approaches.
He said that so far more than 15 domestic and foreign experts have confirmed participation, including doctors Rafael Camacho Solis, Prospero Oscar Garcia, Adam Botney, Francisco Bolivar Zapata and Antonio Mazzitelli.
Finally, he said that persons interested in participating in the forum as speakers or attending as listeners can register on the digital platform, and through the same means receive a corresponding confirmation.