The Mexican Chamber of Deputies passed amendments to the General Health Law and the Federal Penal Code to permit the medical, therapeutic and research of marijuana, effectively legalizing medical marijuana in Mexico. This is a major milestone, as not only is cannabis approved for patient use, but for research. For Mexico to open up the possibility of additional research is a huge win for both the patient and scientific community. With Friday’s vote, Mexico will join other nations in Latin America and 28 states in the US that allow cannabis for a variety of medical ailments. Proponents argued in favor of legalization as a means to help the country reduce drug-related violence and misuse, President Enrique Pena Nieto agreed. The newly approved bill allows the Health Ministry to develop the regulations for the medical use and production of products made from marijuana.