By Mimi Yagoub for InSight Crime. Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto has reiterated his disapproval of legalizing marijuana in the country, setting the tables for a debate that could set a key precedent in drug policies throughout Latin America.
“I have clearly and categorically expressed my personal position on several occasions: I am not in favor of consumption or legalization of marijuana,” the president affirmed during the inauguration of a new child welfare program on December 2, reported Proceso.
Peña Nieto’s comments came the same day that Mexico‘s Interior Minister, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, announced marijuana laws will be reviewed in a three-pronged debate beginning in January 2016. This will include forums with experts, academics, and the public, and the analysis of similar experiences in other countries.