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Mexico has had an ongoing drug war since December of 2006; it has been 14 years and is still ongoing. It has been announced on March 10th, Mexico’s lower house of Congress approved a bill to legalize the recreation and usage of marijuana, which could make Mexico the largest drug market in the world. The number of votes in favor of legalizing the bill was 316, which made a huge gap compared to the 129 votes from the opposition. If the bill is to pass through the president, Mexico would be the 3rd country to legalize commercial cannabis production and sale nationwide along with Canada and Uruguay. The terms of the bill may further change as it moves up to the senates and reaches the president; however, the current terms state that anyone of age can smoke marijuana and, after getting a permit, they may also grow a small number of cannabis plants at home. Upon the news of its legalization, many Mexican citizens have shown their distaste and worry towards the issue. According to the survey held by El Financiero, a media outlet in Mexico, 58% among the 410 respondents have voiced out that the government should illegalize the usage of marijuana. They believe that the number of drug users and addicts will grow considerably, and the drug market will fall into the capitalism of the bigger companies, affecting the small farmers. Mexico has the longest ongoing drug war in the world, and the government believes legalization of marijuana would prevent cartel drug crimes by dragging them into the cannabis trade; however, many people fear that it would just add fuel to the ongoing fire.
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