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Tourism Secretary Proposes to Legalize Marijuana in Key Tourist Resorts

LADB Article ID: 80516
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2018-02-07
By: Carlos Navarro

The debate in Mexico on legalization of marijuana took an unexpected twist when Tourism Secretary Enrique de la Madrid suggested that Mexico should allow recreational use of cannabis at two of the country’s most popular destinations for foreign tourists, Los Cabos in Baja California Sur and the Caribbean resort of Cancún. According to the tourism secretary, legalizing pot at the two locations might help combat rising levels of insecurity there.“It would be very damaging to lose those two destinations because of [violence] related to the drug trade,” de la Madrid said. He later clarified the comments with a Twitter message, asserting that the views were his own and did not represent the position of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration. Mexico has eased some restrictions on the cultivation, consumption and possession of marijuana over the past decade. The most recent move was a vote by the Congress to allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes and research activities. However, the initial step toward easing restrictions on marijuana came in 2009, when Congress approved legislation that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana and other drugs.

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