Top Mexican Senator Says Marijuana Legalization Bill May Be Taken Up Within Weeks

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The president of Mexico’s Senate says lawmakers could advance legislation to regulate marijuana in the coming weeks—the latest in a long string of comments from leadership on plans to finally implement rules to legally regulate cannabis production and sales. Nearly three years ago, the Mexican Supreme Court declared that the country’s prohibition on the personal possession and cultivation of cannabis was unconstitutional. Lawmakers were then obligated to enact the policy change but have since been unable to reach a consensus on legislation to put in place regulations for a marijuana program. At the request of legislators, the court agreed to extend its deadline for Congress to formally end prohibition on multiple occasions. But because of the repeated failed attempts to meet those deadlines, justices ultimately voted to end criminalization on their own in June. “In these times, there is no longer room for the prohibitionist policy,” Senate President Olga Sánchez Cordero, who previously served at a cabinet-level position in President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration, said at an event marking the opening of a new Senate-hosted exhibit on cannabis on Tuesday. Inauguración de la exposición “Cannabis, más allá de lo lúdico”, del 19 de octubre de 2021. https://t.co/qbdj8yfNQt — Senado de México (@senadomexicano) October 19, 2021 “We are the Mexico of freedoms, and the people are aware of it,” she said, according to a translation. Lawmakers will take up implementation legislation “in the coming weeks or months—but I do not want more time to pass,” she said. “The policy that we want to build in the Senate of the Republic is aimed at eliminating prohibitionism and guaranteeing the safety and control of consumption based on proper regulation,” the senator said.

Sen. Martha Lucía Micher Camarena, a leader in the ruling MORENA party, said that their “commitment is with Mexicans—it is with…

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