Dalai Lama says he supports use of medical marijuana

Posted Oct 16, 2013 by Andrew Ellis
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama threw support behind the use of marijuana for medical purposes during a visit to Mexico on Tuesday.
H.H. the Dalai Lama.
H.H. the Dalai Lama.
According to The Raw Story, he voiced his support in response to a question he was asked at an outdoor event hosted by former president of Mexico, Vincente Fox. The event was held at Fox's own Fox Center in the city of Guanajuato.
While the Dalai Lama supported the drug's use for medical reasons, according to The Atlantic Wire, he also said that if people are using it to "have a crazy mind, that's not good."
Fox, who laughed at the question when it was asked, actually supports the legalization of marijuana in Mexico, because it could remove a valuable source of revenue for the country's drug cartels, according to Yahoo News.
During his five-day visit to the country he did not get any official welcome from the government of current president Enrique Pena Nieto who is trying to build closer ties with China, according to The Raw Story.
The Atlantic Wire added that China considers the Dalai Lama, who has been in exile for decades, a dangerous separatist and "has been known to punish countries, including Mexico, who give the leader an official greeting."