The party of Mexico’s president-elect has submitted legislation to legalize the possession, public use, growth and sale of marijuana in what would be a major change to the country’s narcotics strategy.
Senator Olga Sánchez Cordero – who has been picked as interior secretary by President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador – presented the measure on Thursday, saying that “every person has the right to carry up to 30 grams (one ounce) of cannabis”.
If the bill passes, Mexico would join Canada, Uruguay and a host of US states that permit recreational use of the drug and allow its commercialization.
Mexico, which banned marijuana in the early 20th century, is still a major supplier of illicit weed to the United States. It has been racked by a decade of conflict between…