The ruling eliminates the prohibition and criminalization of acts related to the medicinal use of marijuana and its scientific research.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto confirmed that Mexico has legalized cannabis for medicinal use.
Following overwhelming support from Congress, the medical marijuana bill was passed with a significant majority.
The legislation received a 347-7 vote in favor of its approval.
Mexico’s Secretary of Health, Dr. José Narro Robles, voiced his support for the measure, saying, “I welcome the approval of the therapeutic use of cannabis in Mexico.”
“The ruling eliminates the prohibition and criminalization of acts related to the medicinal use of marijuana and its scientific research and those relating to the production and distribution of the plant for these purposes,” according to the Lower House of Parliament.
Peña Nieto, who previously opposed the legalization of cannabis, called for a re-examination of global drug policy after a 2016 nationwide public debate on legalization.
“So far, the solutions (to control drugs and crime) implemented by the international community have been frankly insufficient,” Peña Nieto said while addressing the United Nations General Assembly Special Sessions in April 2016.
“We must move beyond prohibition to effective prevention.”