Mexico's government has launched a Web site with information aimed at facilitating a series of public debates on marijuana use, the first of which will be held on Jan. 26 in the Caribbean resort city of Cancun and focus on public health and prevention.
The site, which seeks to promote a "broad and inclusive" discussion, was presented Tuesday at a press conference by Mexico's deputy human rights secretary, Roberto Campa.
In keeping with the goal of designing new public policy through the debates, the Web site will provide the public with information about relevant domestic and international legislation.
The Web site will include links to information about marijuana legislation in 14 countries and three U.S. states, as well as academic research and articles on regulation, public health, public safety, marijuana consumption, medicinal use of the drug, human rights, the prison system and economic development.
It also contains hard data regarding marijuana use in Mexico and indicators on risky behavior related to the use of the drug. All of the information will be public, Campa said.
A total of 15 Mexican and foreign experts have thus far confirmed their participation in the forum in Cancun, the deputy secretary said.
The second forum will take place on Feb. 23 and focus on ethics and human rights, while the third will be held March 8 and address economic and regulatory aspects and the fourth is scheduled for March 22 and will examine public safety concerns.
The fifth and final debate, to be held on April 5 in Mexico City, will analyze all the topics addressed at the previous gatherings.
President Enrique Peña Nieto, who opposes marijuana legalization, called for the debates after Mexico's Supreme Court ruled in November that a section of the country's General Health Law banning people from growing and using the drug for recreational purposes was unconstitutional.
For the time being, however, the ruling only applies to the four plaintiffs in that case. EFE