Mexican President Says Marijuana Legalization Bill Delayed Due To ‘Mistakes’ In Text

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A vote to pass a bill to legalize marijuana nationwide in Mexico was delayed due to minor “mistakes” in the legislation, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday. During a press briefing, the president was asked about the postponement in the Chamber of Deputies, which was initially expected to take up the Senate-passed reform bill last week. Congress was mandated by the Supreme Court to end prohibition by December 15, but leaders in the chamber requested and were granted a request to extend that deadline. That was the fourth time the court approved an extension since declaring the prohibition of cannabis possession and cultivation unconstitutional in 2018. Now legislators have until the end of April 2021 to enact the policy change. Lopez Obrador said “there was no time to conduct a review” in the legislature prior to the last deadline, but he noted that issues that need to be resolved are “matters of form” and “not of substance.” “It is nothing more than a matter of mistakes, we are going to say, that they were made—lack of precision about quantities and others, and there cannot be contradictions in the same law,” he said, according to a translation. “In other words, there were those errors and that is what will be resolved, and since there was no time, and the court already demanded that it be resolved…what the legislators did was request that extension to fix the initiative,” Lopez Obrador said. “But I repeat, not in substance, but in the form and already approve it. That is what I can report.” In general, the bill would establish a regulated cannabis market, allowing adults 18 and older to purchase and possess up to 28 grams of marijuana and cultivate up to six plants for personal use. In their request for a…

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