Watching the evolution of cannabis law reform in Mexico over the last few months has been rather fascinating. Granted, the country is still a long way from legalization, but they are clearly moving in that direction.
Two months ago the Supreme Court in Mexico declared the country’s prohibition of cannabis to be unconstitutional. Mexico’s President was quick to let everyone know that he was against the idea of legalization; at the same time, he welcomed a debate on the subject.
Mexico’s Congress plans on doing just that starting later this month. A series of debate sessions are scheduled to begin on January 25 where legislators and others “can discuss, ask questions, doubts, listen to opinions, suggestions on what should be a comprehensive policy for drugs in our country,” according to Jesus Zambrano Grijalva, president of the Congress’s Permanent Committee.
Zambrano Grijalva went on to say that the way of prohibition has not worked as expected, an understatement to be sure, especially in a country where over 100,000 people have died in cartel violence just over the last several years.
People in certain parts of Mexico are reeling from the unrelenting violence; they deserve a better way. Death does not have to be a way of life. The cartels can be defeated, but not as long as prohibition is in place. Prohibition inflates prices, which inflates profits, which means there will be a never-ending stream of young people willing to grab a gun and get in the game for a slice of the money.
Cannabis legalization in the United States is already decimating the flow of cannabis from Mexico into the U.S. market. Legalization in Mexico would be the final nail in the coffin of the cartels making major profits from the marijuana trade.
Less money to be made leads to less violence.