President Enrique Peña Nieto presented the conclusions of the National Debate on Marijuana Use. The Ministers of the Interior and Health, as well as the President’s Legal Counsel, convened a national debate on the issue of marijuana use, on the instruction of the president.

Five thematic forums were held in various cities across the country, with the participation of over 200 speakers and 4,000 stakeholders, including experts, youths, academics, users and parents.

Thanks to digital technology, thousands of others followed the debate and above all, openly expressed their views.

”As I said at the United Nations, I wish to reiterate my appreciation to the youths, parents, experts, academics and representatives of civil society, both domestic and foreign society, who contributed their expertise, ideas and proposals.

This was undoubtedly a historic debate on a subject that people had avoided discussing. Thank you very much to all of you, for your determined participation.”

The National Debate Forums on Marijuana Use permitted an informed, pluralistic and inclusive dialogue, in which all positions were heard, with absolute respect and openness.

Five positions

Through the National Debate Forums on Marijuana Use, five constant positions were identified through dialogue and debate:

1. The need to address the issue of drugs in general and marijuana in particular, from a Human Rights perspective.

2. Marijuana use must be addressed from a public health perspective.

3. Addictions should be treated with comprehensive prevention and therapeutic solutions without criminalizing users.

4. Actions must be reinforced to prevent drug use, including marijuana, especially campaigns targeted at children and youth.

5. Access to controlled substances must be facilitated for therapeutic purposes and scientific research.

“The government is a democratic government that listens and appreciates the contributions of the society it serves. We therefore incorporated these recurring ideas into Mexico’s position, expressed during the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem.”

In keeping with that official position, President Enrique Peña Nieto signed and submitted to Congress, specifically the Senate, an initiative to reform the General Health Law and the Federal Penal Code.