Photograph Courtesy of BBC

US marijuana legalisation fuels Mexico drugs war debate


in Cannabis,Drug Legalisation,Global Policy News,Policy


Photograph Courtesy of BBC

20 November 2012

Earlier this month, two US states voted to legalise, regulate and tax marijuana. The BBC’s Will Grant in Mexico City looks at what this shift in stance could mean for Mexico and its fight against the drug gangs.

On the day voters in Washington state chose to re-elect President Barack Obama, they also chose to legalise the recreational use of marijuana. Over the Rockies in Colorado, it was a similar story.

“What happened in Colorado and Washington was truly revolutionary,” says Beau Kilmer, the co-director of the Rand Drug Policy Research Centre in California. “No modern country has ever removed the prohibition on the production and distribution of marijuana for non-medical purposes.”

When the measure comes into effect in Colorado in early December, it will be legal to possess 1oz (28g) of marijuana if you are over 21; it will be legal to grow up to six marijuana plants in your house; and it will be legal to give away up to 1oz.

There are still complex questions about creating a regulatory framework for the production and distribution of the drug, which may take at least another year.

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