Marijuana aficionados head to Cannabis Hub in Mexico City, a fair promoting the legalisation of the controversial plant in drug-ravaged Mexico. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Mexico City's marijuana fair opened in Mexico City on Friday (May 06), offering advice and products on cannabis as well as promoting a campaign in the country to demonise the plant and make it legal. Called the Cannabis Hub, the event has been dubbed an exchange of ideas on marijuana and features horticulturists, producers as well as growers from other countries to add to a diverse discussion on the controversial drug. Growing and selling marijuana is illegal in Mexico and a mainstay business of violent drug gangs. Despite a growing number of politicians calling for its legalisation to curb cartel violence, there is still a large section of Mexican society opposed to moves towards the production and sale of the plant. A landmark Supreme Court decision late last year that paved the way for liberalisation of Mexico's marijuana laws and a senator from President Enrique Pena Nieto's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party told Reuters earlier this year that a bill permitting the use of medical marijuana should be approved by this month. If the move is successful, it would put Mexico in line with countries like Uruguay which became the first country to legalise the growing, sale and smoking of marijuana in 2013.