Doctors Without Border has invited medical marijuana users and caregivers to its annual meeting in Mexico this weekend, with its first meeting on Feb. 28 scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The group said in a statement that it welcomed the event to ensure that the community can better understand the current state of medicine in the country and the important work being done to create a more compassionate environment for all.
“Mexico is one of the last strongholds of cannabis in the world, but it is not the only one,” the statement said.
“Our mission is to encourage the use of this medicine to address suffering and reduce the devastating effects of chronic diseases.
We encourage our members and supporters to share their stories, share their experiences, and share their hopes and dreams.”
The medical marijuana community has been a vocal critic of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, with the president himself publicly questioning the validity of marijuana as a medicine and even ordering the DEA to close down the country’s only licensed medical marijuana dispensary.
Medical marijuana is already legal in the United States, though its use is strictly limited to a limited number of conditions.
But many advocates argue that the war on drugs is hurting the lives of millions of people, including many who suffer from chronic pain.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.