Mexico’s new president is open to the idea of opium sale and marijuana decriminalization, a senior aide said on Wednesday.
The leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador won Mexico’s presidency in a landslide victory on Sunday. Obrador said he is open-minded when it comes to drug policy including the sale of opium and exploring the decriminalization of marijuana for recreational use.
Sanches, a former Supreme Court judge, said Obrador, a 64-year-old former mayor of Mexico City, also backed a public consultation on the possibility of regulating opium and decriminalizing marijuana.
She told W Radio:
“What are we thinking? Tell me. Killing ourselves. Really, keep on killing when… North America is decriminalizing?”
Sanchez, however, said marijuana decriminalization should be done in parallel to rehabilitation programs and strict punishments for anyone selling drugs to children.
Permission from UN
For Mexico to grow and export opium poppies for painkillers, it needs to get a permission from the UN’s body on drugs, International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).
After winning more than half of Mexico’s votes, Obrador’s coalition is expected to have a majority in Congress, projections show, ending 89 years of rule by just two parties.
This will give Obrador a clout to be able to change Mexico’s drug policies.
While Obrador did not take an explicit stance on decriminalizing drugs before the July 1 election, he said will try out new approaches to combat Mexico’s violence, including possible amnesty for some cartel employees.
Drug violence in Mexico has killed nearly 30,000 last year.