Shift in Mexico drug policy would focus on legalization, health

By Patrick Timmons

MEXICO CITY, Nov. 1 (UPI) — Mexico’s incoming president is preparing to drastically change the country’s drug policy in an effort fight organized crime and the soaring murder rate.

Alejandro Encinas, who will serve as deputy interior minister for human rights under President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, laid out the strategy this week at a conference in Mexico City for drug policy reformers from across Latin America and the Caribbean.

The plan includes the legalization and regulation of cannabis and a willingness to turn opium poppies from an illicit crop to a legal one. On Wednesday, Mexico’s Supreme Court legalized cannabis for all uses.

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