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NEGRIL, Westmoreland -- President of the Westmoreland Hemp and Ganja Farmers Association Ras Iyah is urging the Government to "align" with other countries to secure a slice of the international marijuana market.

A man smokes marijuana during a rally in front of the Supreme Court of Justice in Mexico City on November 4, 2015. AFP Photo: Alfredo Estrella

Mexico City (AFP) - The Mexican government's resistance to legalizing marijuana has taken a hit following a landmark Supreme Court ruling that could pave the way to lifting the nation's ban on pot.

A youth smokes marijuana cigarettes using a papaya during a rally in support of legalizing marijuana in Medellin, Colombia, May 2013. AP Photo, Luis Benavides

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's government plans to legalize the cultivation and sale of marijuana for medicinal and scientific purposes, officials said Thursday in a surprise shift by the longtime U.S. ally in the war on drugs.

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Germany's government has plans to set up a pharmaceutical agency to regulate the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal purposes, according to a media report. Such a step could make the drug more accessible to ill people.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto addresses the 2015 Sustainable Development Summit at United Nations headquarters. AP Photo: Seth Wenig.

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said Monday he opposes any eventual legalization of marijuana, five days after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of four people who wanted to grow pot for personal use.

Graciela Elizalde, an 8-year-old who suffers from a severe form of epilepsy that causes intense seizures, receives hydrotherapy treatment at a swimming complex in Monterrey, Mexico. Elizalde began taking a marijuana extract recently. AP Photo/Esteban Felix.
 
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) -- As Mexico's top court prepares to consider arguments that could open the door to the recreational use of marijuana, some families are hoping such a step could help make medicinal marijuana more accessible.

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