The new legislation in Mexico gives approval of medical marijuana for patient use and for scientific research.
The Mexican Chamber of Deputies passed some amendments to the General Health Law and the Federal Penal Code to permit the medical, therapeutic and research of marijuana, effectively legalizing medical marijuana in Mexico.
This is a major milestone in marijuana legalization, as not only is cannabis approved for patient use, but for research. For Mexico to open up the possibility of additional research is a huge win for both the patient and scientific community.
The Chamber of Deputies (Lower House of Congress) was 371 in favor and seven against with 11 abstentions. The bill now will be signed by President Enrique Pena Nieto.
With Friday’s vote, Mexico will join other nations in Latin America and 28 states in the US that allow cannabis for a variety of medical ailments.
Proponents argued in favor of legalization as a means to help the country reduce drug-related violence and misuse, President Enrique Pena Nieto agreed.
The newly approved bill allows the Health Ministry to develop the regulations for the medical use and production of products made from marijuana. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the plant’s main psychoactive ingredient is also approved in the bill but products with only one percent concentration of THC will be allowed.
Under the newly approved guidelines, growing marijuana for medical and scientific purposes will not be punishable.
One family would have help to change opinions and legalize medical marijuana in Mexico
Last year a family in northern Mexico became the voice of the country to legalize medical marijuana when the parents of a young epileptic girl, Grace Elizalde, won a court battle to import a cannabis oil for her treatment. Anecdotal evidence from other patients who suffer from seizure disorders helped to persuade the health ministry to allow Grace to try CBD oil as a treatment after exhausting all other treatment options, including surgery to sever her corpus callosum, the nerve fibers dividing two halves of her brain, the procedure only worsened her condition.
Suffering from 400 epileptic seizures every day, eight-year-old Grace Elizalde would become Mexico’s first authorized purchaser of medical marijuana.
Grace’s father, Raul Elizalde, said that the legislation represented “great progress.”