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Mexico Marijuana Smokers Want Government to Legalize Habit

by Kathy Jones on  September 6, 2010 at 9:47 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
An AFP reporter witnessed that over 200 people gathered in a central Mexico City park Sunday to smoke marijuana and demand it be legalized.
 Mexico Marijuana Smokers Want Government to Legalize Habit
Mexico Marijuana Smokers Want Government to Legalize Habit
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The protestors withstood drizzling rain to hang out on the popular tourist drag of the Alameda to smoke the herb, which remains illegal in Mexico, although the country is among a handful of Latin American nations that allow for the possession of a small "personal dose" of the drug.

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Many participants smoked out of pipes decorated with skulls, which were said to allude to traditional pre-Hispanic cultures, as music was played and a petition was circulated to call for legalization.

Support for legalizing such so-called "soft drugs" in Mexico has grown, especially among left wing parties as a means to curb drug gang-related violence that has left some 28,000 people dead in the last four years.

Former president Vicente Fox (2000-2006), who led the conservative party of current President Felipe Calderon, has repeatedly voiced his own support for such a move.

Source: AFP
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