By Alan Hernández for VICE. Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto has announced plans to raise the amount of marijuana individuals can carry without risking criminal prosecution from five to 28 grams, or one ounce, as well as to legalize the use of medication elaborated from the plant.

Peña Nieto said this was “a historic step” that stands as a contribution to a “new paradigm” in global drug policy when he announced the reforms on Thursday. He said he would be sending them to the Mexican senate later in the day.

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