MEXICO CITY – Hundreds of people demonstrated on Saturday in several cities of Mexico to demand a change in the legislation to allow the recreational use of marijuana, as well as the acceptance of this plant for therapeutic use.
The marches, part of a worldwide mobilization with gatherings in places like Madrid, Santiago de Chile and Rio de Janeiro, took place in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Merida, Monterrey and Tijuana.
In the Mexican capital and around the world many participants were seen smoking marijuana as well as holdings banners, calling for the legalization of marijuana and posters with texts such as “I am an artist, not a criminal” or “Get informed.”
One of the participants in Mexico City, who asked to be identified only as Cristian, said that if young people could grow their own marijuana plants there would be less income for drug traffickers and consumers should be allowed to smoke in specified areas.
“What we want is something peaceful and we are willing to have certain restrictions such as not smoking in public. We want them to stop pursuing us because we don’t do anything wrong,” the 20-year-old Mexican said.
In June 2017, a decree legalizing marijuana for therapeutic use throughout Mexico was published in the Official Journal of the Federation, and although the government said it will regulate medicinal use, it has not yet done so.