Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
Video Credit: CEN/@LuRiojas
This is the moment an elderly Mexican congresswoman is presented with a cannabis joint in honour of her campaign to legalise marijuana in the country.
Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero, 72, was presented with the joint by congresswoman Lucia Riojas in the National Congress in the capital Mexico City.
Riojas shared the footage on her Twitter account where it has been viewed 82,000 times.
The footage shows Riojas giving the joint to Sanchez Cordero after finishing her speech and thanking her for her work to decriminalise the use of marijuana.
Riojas said during her speech: “One step to building peace is to legalise drug use, a proposal you put forward yourself.
“So to finish this speech, I welcome you here and present this gift as a reminder of the proposal you made because this will be the path that helps us build peace. Let’s regulate the consumption of drugs.”
The Interior Secretary then accepts the joint and shows it to the audience before the two politicians share a tender hug.
Sanchez Cordero proposed the decriminalisation of recreational marijuana use on behalf of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s party in November 2018.
According to local media, the proposal is a strict regulation model controlled by the state and is considered a midpoint between prohibition and unregulated use.
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