Mexican Supreme Court Again Extends Marijuana Legalization Deadline

Mexican Supreme Court Again Extends Marijuana Legalization Deadline

The Mexican Supreme Court granted a request to again extend the deadline for the nation’s Congress to legalize marijuana on Friday. Ever since the court declared in 2018 that the prohibition on personal possession and cultivation of cannabis is unconstitutional, lawmakers have been working to enact a policy change, accordingly. But while bills have been introduced to accomplish that, negotiations have taken longer than expected. An initial deadline for legalization was set for October 2019, but Senate leaders requested an extension amid disagreements about legislation that was heading toward a vote. The court approved that request and said Congress had until the end of this month to reform the country’s marijuana policy. But as the coronavirus pandemic forced lawmakers to put most legislative activities on hold, another extension was requested. The new deadline for lawmakers to end prohibition is December 15—the end of the next legislative session. Politco.mx first reported the development. Agradezco a la @SCJN y a su presidente @ArturoZaldivarL por el acuerdo de ampliación de plazo, para que el @senadomexicano pueda dictaminar la legislación relativa a la regulación de la cannabis. pic.twitter.com/Aq3YWMiX5q — Mónica Fernández Balboa (@monicaferbal) April 17, 2020 Sen. Mónica Fernández, president of the Senate’s Board of Directors, thanked the court for approving the extension. Although lawmakers conceded they would not be able to meet this month’s deadline, substantial progress has been made nonetheless on the cannabis legislation. During a joint meeting of the Justice, Health, Legislative Studies and Public Safety Committees last month, members approved…

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