Everything You Need To Know About Mexico’s Cannabis Legalisation Bill

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Mexico is on the verge becoming just the third country in the world to legalise recreational cannabis, after the Chamber of Deputies overwhelmingly approved a bill to permit adults over the age of 18 to cultivate and possess the plant. Lawmakers are hopeful that by legitimising the cannabis market in Mexico, the new legislation will go some way to weakening the country’s violent cartels, which operate within the contours of an illegal drugs landscape. While this obviously marks a huge step forward, it’s worth bearing in mind that the bill is far from perfect, and improvements are needed in order to ensure fairness and social justice within the new legal cannabis market. Related Post Mexico Legalises Medical Cannabis Cannabis to be legalised in Mexico The new bill will allow adults to cultivate up to eight plants and carry up to 28 grams of cannabis for personal use, and was approved in the lower house by a majority of 316 votes to 127 last week. Having originally passed the Senate back in November, the bill’s passage through the Mexican legislative system was delayed by several months so that lawmakers could re-examine it and make a few tweaks. It will therefore need to return to Senate for another vote on the new amendments before being enshrined into law, and is widely expected to pass once again. Once this occurs, Mexico will join Uruguay and Canada as the only nations to legalise recreational cannabis use. “This is a historic step and should be celebrated,” says Zara Snapp, co-founder of Instituto RIA, which campaigns for drug policy reform and social justice in Mexico. In a recent chat with Seedsman, she explained that “Mexico will be the third country in the world to regulate recreational cannabis, but the first cannabis-producing country to do so.” It’s…

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