Mexico will have the best legislation in cannabis regulation
There, legislators, businessmen, producers, activists, consumers, representatives of civil organizations and society in general, present or through social networks and the Internet, participated and discussed, along with prominent national and international panelists on the regulation of marijuana in Mexico, for medical and recreational use.
The discussions and presentations were moderated by Senator Jesus Rodriguez Ramirez, who highlighted that this exercise of Open Parliament opens the participation of citizens so that "together, Legislative and society, we conform the best legislation in the matter".
He indicated that Mexico should have started regulating cannabis ten years ago. We are late but, he added, it is not only to accelerate the process but to do it well. We have to start well. This is a slow process that will lead us to adequate legislation on the subject.
Senator Patricia Mercado also said that in the confirmation of this new law, the review committees in the Senate are analyzing and working based on the proposal of the former senator and now Secretary of the Interior, Olga Sanchez Cordero.
The holding of these forums, she said, shows that we are advancing in the construction of the agreement for the regulation and comply with the Court's ruling, in the sense of changing the articles that are unconstitutional in the General Health Law, and move to its regulation.
During the presentations, the former senator of Colombia, Juan Manuel Galán Pachón, affirmed that the drug policy that the world has followed in the last 50 years is based on a fallacy.
To speak of a world free of narcotics is not only a utopia. "It is a fallacy that makes it impossible to build a pertinent policy on substance management," he said.
He assured that it is possible to achieve an adequate regulation of cannabis in a world free of drug abuse. In order to do that, he added, it is necessary to understand what leads human beings to exceed their use, to evade their reality and to generate artificial paradises to alleviate their pain, suffering or life circumstances.
At the same time, the litigating lawyer, Juvenal Lobato Díaz, stressed that Mexico should follow the examples of Canada and some states of the American Union, in the case of traceability. This would increase tax collection, combat corruption and promote employment.
In terms of inspection, he said the government should monitor and control from planting to marketing.
In order to regulate it, he said, two fundamental elements must be established: freedom and security. The freedom of those who decide to have a recreational consumption, and the assurance that doing so will not have health problems and will not generate other public safety, he added.
This will happen with a regulation that respects human rights and the principles of a democratic state. The Government cannot have an excessively interventionist role; it must be a regulator, it must only establish controls, he stressed.
Ivan Ross Vrána, Canada's Vice President of Government Relations and Business Development, said regulation in his country has been a success. Local police currently arrest more people driving drunk than smoking marijuana, he said.
This indicates that regulation is a very good way forward, he said. In my country, paradigms have changed among young people, who are already using it for recreational purposes, with more responsibility.
In his presentation "Cannabis from Canada - lessons learned in the last 10 years", he indicated that this drug has been highly beneficial in patients with epileptic seizures and some chronic-degenerative diseases.
Former U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerliwoske suggested that Mexico should pay special attention to everything from laboratory tests - which determine the viability of plants - to packaging, labeling, and packaging to prevent counterfeiting.
In the eleven states of the United States, where cannabis has been legalized, she said, it is a constant fight against counterfeiting. Strict production, volume, and control programs have been established.
She pointed out that with what is generated from taxes, the Mexican government must create real prevention programs for young people in order to avoid excesses and risks to their health.