Mexican church decries Senate's marijuana legalization vote

Mexico's Roman Catholic Church decried a vote in the Senate to legalize the possession, cultivation and use of small amounts of marijuana

The bill adopted this past week must still go to the lower house of Congress for a vote.

The church said that wit the approval of the bill, “public health and welfare are no longer the priority, and cede to the tastes of individuals, even though they may damage others. The demands for irresponsible liberty for a few, are placed above the common good and health."

Supporters of the measure argue it will help take the marijuana trade out of the hands of the country's violent drug cartels, for whom it is still a source of huge illicit profits.

For several years, Mexico's Supreme Court has granted injunctions allowing individuals to grow pot for their own use.