The Americas

Mexico proposes raising limit on decriminalized pot to 1 oz

  • Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto holds up a signed document during an announcement on proposed marijuana policy, in Mexico City, Thursday April 21, 2016. Pena Nieto said Thursday he will ask Congress to raise the limit on decriminalized marijuana for personal use to 28 grams, or about one ounce. Mexico had previously exempted from prosecution only five grams, or less than a fifth of an ounce. The bill presented would free people who are on trial or serving time for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto holds up a signed document during an announcement on proposed marijuana policy, in Mexico City, Thursday April 21, 2016. Pena Nieto said Thursday he will ask Congress to raise the limit on decriminalized marijuana for personal use to 28 grams, or about one ounce. Mexico had previously exempted from prosecution only five grams, or less than a fifth of an ounce. The bill presented would free people who are on trial or serving time for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto attends an announcement about the use of marijuana, in Mexico City, Thursday April 21, 2016. Pena Nieto said Thursday he will ask Congress to raise the limit on decriminalized marijuana for personal use to 28 grams, or about one ounce. Mexico had previously exempted from prosecution only five grams, or less than a fifth of an ounce. The bill presented would free people who are on trial or serving time for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto attends an announcement about the use of marijuana, in Mexico City, Thursday April 21, 2016. Pena Nieto said Thursday he will ask Congress to raise the limit on decriminalized marijuana for personal use to 28 grams, or about one ounce. Mexico had previously exempted from prosecution only five grams, or less than a fifth of an ounce. The bill presented would free people who are on trial or serving time for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto speaks during an announcement on marijuana policy, in Mexico City, Thursday April 21, 2016. Pena Nieto said Thursday he will ask Congress to raise the limit on decriminalized marijuana for personal use to 28 grams, or about one ounce. Mexico had previously exempted from prosecution only five grams, or less than a fifth of an ounce. The bill presented would free people who are on trial or serving time for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto speaks during an announcement on marijuana policy, in Mexico City, Thursday April 21, 2016. Pena Nieto said Thursday he will ask Congress to raise the limit on decriminalized marijuana for personal use to 28 grams, or about one ounce. Mexico had previously exempted from prosecution only five grams, or less than a fifth of an ounce. The bill presented would free people who are on trial or serving time for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)  (The Associated Press)

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto says he will ask Congress to raise the limit on decriminalized marijuana for personal use to 28 grams, or about one ounce.

Mexico had previously exempted from prosecution only five grams, or less than a fifth of an ounce.

Pena Nieto's proposal also would allow the use and importation of cannabis-based medications.

The bill presented Thursday would allow freedom for people who are on trial or serving time for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana.

The move comes after Mexico's Supreme Court approved an appeal by four people to allow them to grow and possess marijuana for personal use.

The ruling launched a national debate on marijuana policy.