Mexican Lawmakers Set To Take Up Marijuana Legalization Bill With Focus On Economic Recovery

Mexican Lawmakers Set To Take Up Marijuana Legalization Bill With Focus On Economic Recovery

A top Mexican senator says that marijuana legalization could generate tax revenue to offset economic losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic—and lawmakers could have the opportunity to advance reform in a committee that’s expected to be established on Thursday. Sen. Julio Ramón Menchaca Salazar of the ruling Morena party said that while legislators must still resolve disagreements about legislation that’s already been introduced and advanced through several committees last month, legalizing cannabis could fill treasury coffers at a time when the economy is taking a massive hit under social distancing and stay-at-home orders. Farmers in particular also stand to benefit, as the reform proposal would free them up to cultivate both marijuana and industrial hemp, he said. “We have this opportunity and we are going to take advantage of it,” Menchaca, who leads the Senate Justice Committee, told El Sol de Mexico over the weekend. “We will assume our responsibility, both in the Senate and in the Chamber of Deputies.” Aseguró @Julio_Menchaca que la Legislatura actual tiene la oportunidad de aprobar la regulación del #cannabis y lograr la pacificación del país, pues la producción ilegal de esta planta ha constituido mafias con un enorme poder económico que le han causado a #México inseguridad. pic.twitter.com/yYe3AyxjDX — Senadores Morena (@MorenaSenadores) April 28, 2020 Lawmakers haven’t been able to discuss the details of a legalization measure in person in recent weeks, and so efforts to enact the policy change have been delayed because of the COVID-19 outbreak. After the Supreme Court ruled that…

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