Mexico's Tourism Minister Wants Marijuana Travel
Mexico’s minister for tourism revealed Thursday he believes marijuana should be legalized in cities popular with travelers like Cancun and Los Cabos with the intent of reducing criminal violence.
According to Reuters.com, tourism minister Enrique de la Madrid wants to follow the example of areas in the United States and legalize marijuana in Quintana Roo and Baja California Sur. Those regions have been hit hard by drug and gang violence, and legalizing marijuana could help take power away from the criminals.
When asked if he believed the legalization of marijuana in popular tourist destinations would boost visitor numbers as it has in countries like the Netherlands, Madrid defended his position to Reportur.mx.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed a bill in 2016 to allow Mexicans to carry up to an ounce of marijuana, but the law was never passed by Congress. Many government officials have questioned why drug laws have caused violence in Mexico, yet marijuana is legal when you cross the border into California.
In a positive step forward, Mexico legalized marijuana for medical and scientific use in June.
Source: Travel Pulse