Mexico City mulls legal marijuana ‘clubs’

Mexico, which is being whipped by a drug cartels war, has seen a proposal from the Mexico City council to allow pot clubs. Photo: AFP

Mexico, which is being whipped by a drug cartels war, has seen a proposal from the Mexico City council to allow pot clubs. Photo: AFP

Mexico, which is being whipped by a drug cartels war, has seen a proposal from the Mexico City council to allow pot clubs. Photo: AFP
Mexico City: The Mexico City council is considering the legalisation of cannabis plants and the creation of private marijuana smoking “clubs” as it mulls controversial legislation to liberalise consumption.

The capital hosted a three-day forum on drug policy amid a growing debate in Latin America over the course of the region’s deadly struggle against narcotrafficking, with President Enrique Pena Nieto taking a stance against legalisation.

Esthela Damian, a councilwoman of the city’s ruling Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), said the proposals on the table included allowing the cultivation of three cannabis plants per person, as well as a system of co-operatives or “non-profit private clubs.”

The forum of experts and representatives from around the world, including the United Nations and Organisation of American States (OAS), gave way to various opinions that could feed legislation the city council may debate in October.

Former president Vicente Fox, who was in office from 2000 to 2006, has come out in favour of legalising marijuana as a solution to the violence.

Mr Pena Nieto has vowed to tweak the security policy of his predecessor, Felipe Calderon, but he has kept troops on the ground to combat drug trafficking and detains kingpins while voicing opposition to drug legalisation

Mexico City, home to almost nine million people plus 11 million more in its suburbs, has stood out from the rest of the country in recent years by legalising abortion and allowing gay marriage.

Mexico currently allows the possession of a maximum of five grams of marijuana for personal consumption, but growing and selling weed is illegal.

AFP