Mexico may be next to legalize marijuana said incoming Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard

Mexico may be next to legalize marijuana said incoming Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard

Marcelo Ebrard, who will become Foreign Minister when Mexico’s President takes office on December 1, said on Tuesday Mexico Absolutely could follow Canada’s lead in legalizing Cannabis.

Marcelo Ebrard discussed Ottawa’s experience Monday with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.

When Reporters asked whether Mexico follow Canada’s example Marcelo Ebrard said, "Sure, absolutely."

Mexico may be next to legalize marijuana said incoming Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard

"We think it is a very interesting option in the short term for Mexico," he said. "We think there are two options: the Canadian model or the Uruguay model."

"It doesn't make sense to have a law forbidding the possession or production of cannabis and we have 9,000 people in jail for that, we have a huge amount of violence in the country," Ebrard said.

"You spend a huge amount of money (on policing), you cause suffering for a lot of people and it doesn't make sense."

Prohibition, he added, "doesn't work, you have the cannabis anyway."

On October 17, Canada legalized cannabis, becoming the first major economy to do so.In 2013, Uruguay legalized recreational use of marijuana.

Mexico has long been a major supplier of marijuana and other illegal drugs to the US market, spawning powerful drug cartels and violent struggles for control of drug routes.

Since 2006, when the government deployed the army to fight the cartels, more than 200,000 people have been murdered, including a record 28,702 last year.Another 37,000 people are reported missing.