By Olivier Uyttebrouck for El Daily Post. After Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that an individual should have the personal freedom to decide whether or not to smoke marijuana, lawmakers began debating legal reform. On Monday, President Peña Nieto urged a national debate on the topic. On Tuesday, a senator introduced a bill to legalize medical marijuana. Perhaps the debate will examine the experiences U.S. states have had with both legalizing marijuana for recreational use and for medical marijuana. This week, attorneys in New Mexico filed suit claiming the state Department of Health’s cavalier approach to medical marijuana licensing puts legitimate patients at risk of arrest for violating federal marijuana laws.
Medical marijuana patients in Albuquerque and Santa Fe can go to a nearby dispensary to obtain their marijuana.
But patients in rural New Mexico – many of them ill – often are forced to meet with delivery drivers in parking lots of businesses such as McDonald’s and Wal-Mart to purchase their pot.
That puts them at risk of violating federal drug laws, violates their privacy and puts them in danger because they have to carry cash, according to a lawsuit filed against the state Department of Health.
“What we’ve got now are people hanging out at McDonald’s waiting for their weed,” said Santa Fe attorney Jason Flores-Williams, who filed the lawsuit Friday on behalf of two unidentified patients. “You may as well go back to the 1980s.”