By / January 27, 2020

Indigenous group requests access to cannabis in Chihuahua

On Jan. 22, members of the Tarahumara community requested an audience with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to gain authorization for the cultivation of cannabis in Chihuahua. The request intends to solve various problems in the mountains.

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Mexican indigenous group lists problems in their community

On Jan. 22, Enoel Carrasco Jordan, President of the Grand Supreme Council of the Sierra Tarahumara, in Chihuahua, together with Héctor Manuel Benton Martínez, Master of Sacred Medicine and member of “Rescue of the Indigenous Pericu Ethnic Group” of Baja California Sur, went to the Citizen Attention offices of the National Palace.

The indigenous representatives asked for a meeting to present disagreements on actions carried out by political parties in indigenous regions and other specific groups, as well as the proposal of solutions to many problems. Among these problems are lack of performance and corruption by federal and local public officials in agricultural and judicial matters.

They also pointed out that private projects were approved by the government without the consent of the communities, which has generated irreversible environmental damage to water tables, wells, forests, flora, and fauna.

Tarahumaras look to cannabis in Chihuahua to fix issues

Excessive and illegal deforestation, as a result of the lack of resources and jobs, has become one of the main activities of what is now considered a mafia. Another problem highlighted by the indigenous representative was the lack of food and medicine, mainly in the most remote and marginalized communities.

a fallen forest representing why an indigenous group wants cannabis in Chihuahua
Indiscriminate logging is one of the many problems facing the Tarahumara community who see a solution in cannabis cultivation. (Source)

The members of indigenous groups lamented that the El Encino gas pipeline in Topolobampo affected their plots, while organized crime has focused on clandestine logging in the Chihuahua highlands, so they are seeking to regenerate their lands with the early legalization of cannabis in Chihuahua and Mexico through hemp.

Several scientific studies have shown that cannabis in Chihuahua is a solution for the regeneration and cleaning of contaminated soil. In this sense, indigenous groups want to take advantage of the cannabis industry to work their lands, and thus provide employment opportunities, use ancestral medicine to cure the sick in marginalized areas, feed communities with cannabis seeds, among many other opportunities offered by the cannabis industry.

The solutions proposed by the representatives

Among the solutions proposed by the indigenous representatives are the following: transparency in government processes and respect for the traditional decision-making processes of the assemblies of each community, as well as recognition of the “basic folders” of the indigenous communities within the Federal Courts.

Before any private project is authorized, an environmental and social impact study must be carried out, prior community consultation must take place and a return to the communities must be ensured. This is in addition to repairing the damage already generated.

They also seek to stop deforestation by generating jobs and resources through the development of cannabis in Chihuahua. The industry offers sustainability by repairing soils, creating substantial resource opportunities for communities through the production of materials such as textiles, paper, fuel, and construction material.

Furthermore, the group will receive permission to heal communities through herbal remedies and ancestral medicine with sacred plants, including cannabis in Chihuahua in addition to solving problems of food self-sufficiency through regenerative agriculture, combining cornfields and cannabis cultivation.

The Tarahumara explain why eyes are on cannabis in Chihuahua

a cannabis baby representing cannabis in Chihuahua
In addition to social solutions, the Tarahumara community requests access to the new cannabis industry in Chihuahua as a sustainable solution. (Source)

The native Tarahumara people demand the recognition of ethnic groups, territorial respect, the autonomy of these groups and respect for Mother Earth; in addition to access to the new industry for cannabis in Chihuahua as a sustainable solution to many of the problems that are currently being experienced and that no one wants to recognize.

At the Citizen Attention Office, they received the documents from the Tarahumara community and indicated that they will call the representatives to follow up on the petitions.


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