Mexican president opposes marijuana legalization

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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.

Pena Nieto said in a speech that "for me it would not be desirable, I am not in favor of an eventual legalization of marijuana," but said he was willing to listen to other opinions.

The president said he welcomed a debate on the question, and invited doctors, sociologists and other academics to contribute, but said it "should in no way represent an opening for the consumption of much more dangerous drugs."

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that growing, possessing and smoking marijuana for recreation is legal under the right to freedom.

At this point, the ruling covers only the plaintiffs in a single case, a group of four people wanting to form a pot club.

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A man takes part in a rally supporting the legalization of marijuana in front of the Supreme Court of Justice in Mexico City on November 4, 2015. Mexico's Supreme Court opened the door to the recreational use of marijuana on Wednesday, giving a group of activists permission to grow and smoke their own pot in a historic ruling. AFP PHOTO / ALFREDO ESTRELLA (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
A girl smokes a joint during a rally in front of Supreme Court of Justice in Mexico City on October 28, 2015. Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday began discussing the possibility of depenalizing marijuana for recreative use. A group of citizens who created the Sociedad Mexicana de Autoconsumo Responsable y Tolerante (Smart) organization lodged an appeal before the Supreme Court for the depenalization of marijuana for no profit uses. AFP PHOTO/ Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A man takes part in a rally supporting the legalization of marijuana in front of the Supreme Court of Justice in Mexico City on November 4, 2015. Mexico's Supreme Court opened the door to the recreational use of marijuana on Wednesday, giving a group of activists permission to grow and smoke their own pot in a historic ruling. AFP PHOTO / ALFREDO ESTRELLA (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
A girl smokes a joint during a rally in front of Supreme Court of Justice in Mexico City on October 28, 2015. Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday began discussing the possibility of depenalizing marijuana for recreative use. A group of citizens who created the Sociedad Mexicana de Autoconsumo Responsable y Tolerante (Smart) organization lodged an appeal before the Supreme Court for the depenalization of marijuana for no profit uses. AFP PHOTO/ Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A young man smokes a joint during a rally in front of Supreme Court of Justice in Mexico City on October 28, 2015. Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday began discussing the possibility of depenalizing marijuana for recreative use. A group of citizens who created the Sociedad Mexicana de Autoconsumo Responsable y Tolerante (Smart) organization lodged an appeal before the Supreme Court for the depenalization of marijuana for no profit uses. AFP PHOTO/ Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A girl smokes a joint during a rally in front of Supreme Court of Justice in Mexico City on October 28, 2015. Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday began discussing the possibility of depenalizing marijuana for recreative use. A group of citizens who created the Sociedad Mexicana de Autoconsumo Responsable y Tolerante (Smart) organization lodged an appeal before the Supreme Court for the depenalization of marijuana for no profit uses. AFP PHOTO/ Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A girl makes a joint during a rally in front of Supreme Court of Justice in Mexico City on October 28, 2015. Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday began discussing the possibility of depenalizing marijuana for recreative use. A group of citizens who created the Sociedad Mexicana de Autoconsumo Responsable y Tolerante (Smart) organization lodged an appeal before the Supreme Court for the depenalization of marijuana for no profit uses. AFP PHOTO/ Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Four girls participate in a rally in front of Supreme Court of Justice in Mexico City on October 28, 2015. Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday began discussing the possibility of depenalizing marijuana for recreative use. A group of citizens who created the Sociedad Mexicana de Autoconsumo Responsable y Tolerante (Smart) organization lodged an appeal before the Supreme Court for the depenalization of marijuana for no profit uses. AFP PHOTO/ Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Activists participate in a rally in front of Supreme Court of Justice in Mexico City on October 28, 2015. Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday began discussing the possibility of depenalizing marijuana for recreative use. A group of citizens who created the Sociedad Mexicana de Autoconsumo Responsable y Tolerante (Smart) organization lodged an appeal before the Supreme Court for the depenalization of marijuana for no profit uses. AFP PHOTO/ Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Activists participate in a rally in front of Supreme Court of Justice in Mexico City on October 28, 2015. Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday began discussing the possibility of depenalizing marijuana for recreative use. A group of citizens who created the Sociedad Mexicana de Autoconsumo Responsable y Tolerante (Smart) organization lodged an appeal before the Supreme Court for the depenalization of marijuana for no profit uses. AFP PHOTO/ Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Artist and marijuana legalization activist Pedro Alfa Basauri, dressed as a doctor who prescribes marijuana, stands outside Mexico's Supreme Court as he shows his support for a case challenging the constitutionality of a ban on recreational use in Mexico City, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. The court postponed for at least one week the scheduled debate which could open the way for Mexicans to grow and smoke marijuana recreationally. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Marijuana legalization activists smoke in the portico of a government building across the street from Mexico's Supreme Court, as they show their support for a case challenging the constitutionality of a ban on recreational use, in Mexico City, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. The court postponed for at least one week the scheduled debate which could open the way for Mexicans to grow and smoke marijuana recreationally. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
A passerby stops to bum a smoke from marijuana legalization activists, outside Mexico's Supreme Court which was scheduled to discuss a case challenging the constitutionality of a ban on recreational use in Mexico City, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. The court postponed for at least one week the planned debate, which could open the way for Mexicans to grow and smoke marijuana recreationally. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Marijuana legalization activists hold signs that read in Spanish: "Yes to home growing, cannabis without censure," as they protest outside Mexico's Supreme Court in support of a case challenging the constitutionality of a ban on recreational use, in Mexico City, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. The court postponed for at least one week the scheduled debate which could open the way for Mexicans to grow and smoke marijuana recreationally. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
A marijuana legalization activist smokes in the portico of a government building across the street from Mexico's Supreme Court, to show support for a case challenging the constitutionality of a ban on recreational use, in Mexico City, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. The court postponed for at least one week the scheduled debate which could open the way for Mexicans to grow and smoke marijuana recreationally. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
A man takes part in a rally supporting the legalization of marijuana in front of the Supreme Court of Justice in Mexico City on November 4, 2015. Mexico's Supreme Court opened the door to the recreational use of marijuana on Wednesday, giving a group of activists permission to grow and smoke their own pot in a historic ruling. AFP PHOTO / ALFREDO ESTRELLA (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
People attend a rally supporting the legalization of marijuana in front of the Supreme Court of Justice in Mexico City on November 4, 2015. Mexico's Supreme Court opened the door to the recreational use of marijuana on Wednesday, giving a group of activists permission to grow and smoke their own pot in a historic ruling. AFP PHOTO / ALFREDO ESTRELLA (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
A supporter of the legalization of marijuana smokes outside the Supreme Court in Mexico City, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Mexico's court ruled Wednesday that growing, possessing and smoking marijuana for recreation are legal under a person's right to personal freedoms. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
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The ruling did not approve the sale or commercial production of marijuana nor does it imply a general legalization. But if the court rules the same way on five similar petitions, it would then establish the precedent to change the law and allow general recreational use.

An October opinion survey by the Parametria polling firm said that 77 percent of Mexicans opposed legalizing marijuana, while 20 percent supported the idea. The poll had a margin of error of four percentage points.

In the United States, the states of Washington, Colorado, Alaska and Oregon have legalized marijuana use. The South American nation of Uruguay adopted a plan to create a legal pot market in 2013.

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