September 7, 2010

Marijuana Smokers Protest For Pot in Mexico

With much of the nation in the throes of a bloody drug war against violent cartels, more than 200 people gathered Sunday in a Mexico City park to smoke marijuana and demand its legalization.

The activists braved pouring rain to rally on the popular tourist drag of the Alameda to have a smoke-in protesting marijuana's illegal status in Mexico, reports AFP.

Mexico is among a handful of Latin American countries that allow for possession of small "personal use" amounts of marijuana and other drugs.

The limit for marijuana is five grams, between an eighth and a quarter-ounce. Amounts greater than than can still get you jailed and/or fined.

Many smoke-in participants smoked out of pipes decorated with skulls, said to allude to traditional pre-European cultures, as music played and a legalization petition was circulated.

Support for legalizing marijuana in Mexico has grown, especially among left wing parties, as a way to curb gang-related violence that has resulted in about 28,000 deaths in the past four years.

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