By Reuters/The Guardian. President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico has said he opposes any eventual legalisation of marijuana, five days after Mexico’s supreme court ruled in favour of four people who wanted to grow pot for personal use.

Peña Nieto said in a speech on Monday that the court ruling “should in no way represent an opening for the consumption of much more dangerous drugs”.

However, the president said he welcomed a national debate on the question, and invited doctors, sociologists and other academics to contribute.

“We’ll need to establish a debate … and the federal government is open to that, so that along with the legislative branch, we work together, creating specialised forums, which will allow us to have a much clearer, more open position of the horizon that’s coming,” he said at an event.

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