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Andrés Manuel López Obrador aka AMLO

Mainstream American perception of cannabis use has transformed radically over the past century. The plant’s coming-to-America story began in 1910 when immigrants escaping the Mexican Revolution brought marihuana north. Cannabis had been introduced by colonial forces to pacify slaves on Latin American plantations; the Portuguese turned Brazil on to maconha, while the British delivered ganja unto Jamaica. In the intervening decades, pervasive racist stereotypes of cannabis use have only ebbed alongside growing legalization and medical legitimacy. Mexico legalized medical cannabis use in June, but that law limits permissible products to cannabis derivatives containing less than 1 percent THC. Mexico’s first leftist president in over seven decades, Andrés Manuel López Obrador aka AMLO, took office on Dec. 1, following his majority party’s submission of legislation to legalize recreational adult cannabis use in early November.

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