Marijuana reform is sweeping the globe with more and more countries either enacting marijuana reforms or seriously considering doing so. Ever since Uruguay legalized marijuana for adult use other countries have been exploring ways that they can follow suit. One of those countries is Canada, which is expected to legalize recreational cannabis this summer.
Another country could be Mexico, at least at some resorts if Mexico’s minister for tourism has his way. Per Reuters:
Marijuana should be legalized in two of Mexico’s main tourist hot spots, Cancun and Los Cabos, in order to reduce criminal violence, Mexico’s minister for tourism said on Thursday.
Minister Enrique de la Madrid said Mexico could follow the example of the United States and legalize marijuana in areas with support, urging Quintana Roo, where Cancun lies, and Baja California Sur, the home of Los Cabos, to move ahead with it.
“It’s absurd that we’re not taking this step as a country,” de la Madrid told reporters at a conference in Mexico City.
Will Mexico legalize marijuana at the federal level before the United States does? Obviously what Mexico’s minister for tourism is proposing is not exactly national legalization and is instead a local proposal, but still, that would result in greater momentum for federal legalization in Mexico compared to local legalization in the United States.
As jealous as I would be if/when both Canada and Mexico legalize marijuana before the United States, I still very much welcome those reforms. Mexico would benefit greatly from legalization, whether it’s just at a local level or, even better, at a national level.