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Jalisco is in favor of medical marijuana

September 26, 2014

The western Mexican state of Jalisco supports allowing marijuana for therapeutic use but opposes increasing the amount currently permitted for recreational use, a public survey showed this week.

The Jalisco Electoral Institute revealed on Wednesday that of 13,662 Jalisco residents who participated in the survey, 60.77 percent favored allowing those who suffer from terminal, chronic or degenerative diseases to keep five plants or 150 grams of marijuana in their homes, while 39.22 percent were against the proposal.

However, when it came to raising the amount of marijuana allowed for recreational use from five to 30 grams, the results were reversed with 60.9 percent of participants voting against the proposal and only 39.09 percent voting yes.

Jalisco has traditionally been considered one of Mexico’s most conservative states, but the results show that public opinion on marijuana has grown much more liberal in recent years. The survey was sponsored by the left-wing Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), which hopes to pass a bill based on its results.

The outcome does not guarantee any change in Jalisco’s laws, but it could help set new precedents for more democratic decision making and will put pressure on the state’s legislators to consider allowing medical marijuana…

Click here to read this article in full at Latin Correspondent.

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