Chaos In Mexico As Senate Misses Cannabis Legalisation Deadline

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With Mexico set to become the world’s largest legal cannabis market, all eyes have been focused firmly on the country’s legislators for the past several months. With the Senate having first approved a legalisation bill back in November and the Chamber of Deputies having followed suit in March of this year, it seemed very much as though prohibition was done and dusted in Mexico. What no one expected, however, was that lawmakers would simply miss the deadline to ratify the new law. Related Post Everything You Need To Know About Mexico’s Cannabis Legalisation Bill What Just Happened With Cannabis In Mexico? Legalisation has been on the cards in Mexico ever since the Supreme Court of Justice declared prohibition to be unconstitutional back in 2018, and ordered Congress to create a law to finally end the criminalisation of cannabis. After numerous extensions were requested and granted, a final deadline for doing so was set for April 30 this year, when the current congressional session came to an end. Things seemed to be going smoothly when the Senate approved a legalisation bill towards the end of 2020, sending it to the Chamber of Deputies for ratification. Once in the lower house, the bill underwent a few changes before being approved, which meant it had to go back upstairs to the Senate for final sign-off. Unfortunately, the amendments requested by the lower house created divisions within the Senate, and no agreement could be reached as to whether or not to approve the bill. That being the case, many in Mexico expected that lawmakers would do the logical thing and request another extension to the deadline so that they could iron out the details and get the bill over the line. Oddly, that simply didn’t happen, which means the timeframe set out by the…

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