Mexico is about to legalize weed. What will it mean for the United States?

Mexico is on the cusp of becoming the largest country to legalize marijuana. It’s a major development on America’s southern border that could increase pressure for cannabis legalization here at home.

“My guess is at some point that drives the push to decriminalize or legalize,” the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute Director Andrew Rudman told POLITICO. "I think Mexico probably gives more impetus to something that might have happened anyways.”

Legalization in Mexico is imminent. In 2018, the country’s Supreme Court declared the ban on possession and personal cultivation to be unconstitutional. It has set a deadline for lawmakers to end prohibition by April 30. Interestingly, the policy change is at odds with public opinion (polls show 58% of Mexicans are opposed to legalization).


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