MEXICO CITY - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has come out strongly against legalizing marijuana, on the same day his government announced a national, public debate on the issue.
Pena Nieto rejected activists' claims that legalization would reduce drug cartels' incomes from the trade. He suggested the recent, informal debate on the issue has already created confusion, even among his own children.
Mexico's Supreme Court ruled in November that growing, possessing and smoking marijuana for recreation is legal under the right to freedom.
Pena Nieto said Wednesday that one of his kids had asked "Dad, does that mean I can light up a joint in front of you soon?"
The president said, "No, don't be confused."
Last month's court ruling applied only to the four people involved in the case.
AP/Dec. 2, 2015
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