The Dalai Lama is known worldwide to be a revered spiritual leader of Buddhism and a strong influence not only in Tibetan culture but also in global issues. Recently, the Tibetan leader has been linked to the marijuana issue.
Speaking in Mexico during a national debate on the legalization of pot in the country, the Dalai Lama was reported by AFP via Yahoo! News that he would be in favor of marijuana use only if it is used for medicinal purposes.
However, he is still not amenable to recreational use of cannabis. “If it’s just an issue of somebody (using the drug to have) a crazy mind, that’s not good,” said the Dalai Lama.
The revered guru answered a question raised during the marijuana legalization debate conducted in Guanajuato’s Fox Center and hosted by Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico. The ex-president laughed at the question, but the Dalai Lama was quick to give his two cents on the matter.
The former Mexican president has been a staunch advocate of legalizing marijuana in the country for national revenue purposes.
The Dalai Lama arrived in Mexico October 11 for a national tour. As expected, incumbent Mexico president Enrique Pena Nieto decided not to give a formal welcome to the exiled Tibetan leader because of the government’s plans to establish a good relationship with China. The Dalai Lama has been operating on a government in exile, while Tibet is under the jurisdiction of China.