Mexico’s ruling party to propose legalizing marijuana

Mexico’s next interior minister, Sen. Olga Sanchez, plans to propose a bill that would legalize recreational and medical marijuana use, according to documents posted on the Mexican Congress’ website on Tuesday.

In the 26-page bill, Sanchez wrote that Mexico’s “objective can’t be to eradicate the consumption of a substance that’s as prevalent as cannabis is.” The legislation would mark the latest signal that President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his government will revise the country’s battle against drug crime.

If the bill is adopted, Mexico will become the third country, after Uruguay and, more recently, Canada, to legalize the drug, as many U.S. states have done.

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