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Mexican president opposes marijuana legalization, but calls for debate by experts

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2015, file photo, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto addresses the 2015 Sustainable Development Summit, at United Nations headquarters. Pena Nieto said Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, that 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.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2015, file photo, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto addresses the 2015 Sustainable Development Summit, at United Nations headquarters. Pena Nieto said Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, that 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.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)  (The Associated Press)

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto says he opposes any eventual legalization of marijuana, five days after Mexico's Supreme Court ruled in favor of four people who wanted to grow pot for personal use.

Pena Nieto said in a speech Monday that the court ruling "should in no way represent an opening for the consumption of much more dangerous drugs."

However, the president said he welcomed a debate on the question, and invited doctors, sociologists and other academics to contribute.

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.