While Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has taken a stand against the easing of Mexico's drug policies, lawmakers in Mexico are pushing to make it legal to carry up to 30 grams of marijuana.
In addition to decriminalization, some lawmakers are proposing that Mexico City establish "cannabis clubs," where users can grow and smoke marijuana together.
In response to such proposals, Shihab-Eldin quipped, “As the saying goes… the community that smokes together, stays together?”
Certainly, Mexico is not alone in its move toward legalization, at least not in Latin America. In August, Uruguay’s lower house approved a bill to legalize marijuana use. The nation's senate is expected to pass the bill at the end of October.
Lawmakers in Mexico are also hoping that decriminalizing marijuana will abate the violence of Mexico’s drug war, which has killed more than 60,000 people in six years alone.
As Shihab-Eldin summed it up, “So marijuana users can rejoice, knowing that the benefits of the drug are not just psychological, but political too. Viva marijuana!”