Mexican Senate approves medical marijuana bill

12/13/2016 Yahoo News 

Mexican_SenateMexico City (AFP) – Mexico’s Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing medical marijuana after a national debate on narcotics policy in a country mired in brutal drug violence.

In a major policy shift, President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed legalizing medical marijuana in April after his government organized forums to discuss changes to the laws.

Senators voted 98-7 for the legislation, moving Mexico closer to joining several US states and other nations in Latin America in allowing cannabis for medical uses.

The bill — which now moves to the lower chamber of deputies — falls short of demands among some lawmakers and civil groups who argue that a wider legalization of marijuana use can help the country reduce drug-related violence.

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