Mexico Marijuana Legalization Bill Clears Key Senate Committee, With Floor Vote Expected This Month

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A bill to legalize marijuana in Mexico is one step closer to final passage. The measure passed the Senate last year, but was sent back to the body after being approved in revised form by the Chamber of Deputies. Now, on Monday, a key Senate committee advanced the amended legislation toward a final floor vote. The Senate Justice Committee approved the proposal in a 6-5 tally, with two more panels set to take it up in the coming weeks before it goes before the full chamber by the end of the month. Members of the Senate committee didn’t make any new revisions to the bill as it emerged from the Chamber of Deputies, and advocates don’t expect it to undergo substantive changes in future panels as it heads to the floor. Essentially, they expect the proposal to stay in its current form as approved by the other body last month, despite activists’ concerns about certain provisions. La minuta en materia de regulación de cannabis fue analizada a distancia por la Comisión de Justicia. — Senado de México (@senadomexicano) April 5, 2021 The Senate Health and Legislative Studies Committees are the next stops for the bill. Some members of the Justice Committee expressed opposition to components of the legislation such as a requirement that adults would have to register with the government in order to grow plants for personal use. Even so, there’s pressure on the legislature to get the bill enacted in to law—and soon. The Mexican Supreme Court ruled that the prohibition on the use and cultivation of cannabis is unconstitutional in 2018, and it ordered lawmakers to change the policy. While legislators were initially given a deadline to legalize marijuana by early 2019, the court has accepted multiple requests for extensions. The latest deadline is set for…

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