Marijuana In Mexico City: Decriminalized, But No Dispensaries In Store In Proposed Legislation

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A protester sorts marijuana seeds during a march for the legalization of marijuana in Mexico City May 7, 2011. Reuters/Prometeo Lucero
Animal Politico reported on Friday that the latest draft of proposed legislation from leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) lawmakers in Mexico City would not establish government-regulated dispensaries for marijuana even as it decriminalizes consumption and sales of the drug.  The step would be a significant one, but a less radical one than previously thought – earlier reports said drafts of the legislation would provide for a system of dispensaries much like those recently established in Colorado and Uruguay.  Instead, the law would leave existing black markets for pot and other drugs untouched in Mexico’s capital while redirecting law-enforcement efforts previously aimed at the trade.
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