DPA’s executive director, Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, issued this statement to the Mexican Senate as part of a forum entitled "Toward a Regulatory Policy for Cannabis", featuring policy experts and government officials. McFarland was scheduled to present at the forum, but was unable to do so following a flight diversion.
Her statement details the overall success of legalization in the U.S., as well as lessons learned and areas for improvement. McFarland also touches on the massive violations of human rights generated by the drug war, as well as prohibition’s failure to protect public health.
In November 2018, Mexico’s Supreme Court effectively set binding precedent that ended the country’s prohibition on marijuana use, possession and cultivation. Federal lawmakers in Mexico are currently in the process of devising a regulatory system.