Mexican Supreme Court Grants Marijuana Legalization Deadline Extension
Just days before the one-year anniversary of a Mexican Supreme Court ruling that deemed the country’s prohibition of personal use or cultivation of marijuana unconstitutional, the judicial body granted an extension of a deadline it imposed on lawmakers to change the policy. The legislature now has until April 30, 2020 to pass reform legislation, whereas the previous mandate required action by Thursday. The extension, formally granted on Tuesday but publicized on Friday, means the Senate will have additional time to parse out a legalization bill that was submitted last week by several committees. Following the committee action, Senate leaders initially said the chamber would begin debate on the legislation this week. But that didn’t pan out, with the leader of the ruling MORENA party in the Senate citing “unprecedented” lobbying on the part of outside interests as the reason. There were concerns about multinational cannabis corporations entering the legal space and monopolizing the industry. At the same time, civil liberties-minded reform advocates also complained about restrictive policies in committees’s bill with respect to caps on the number of plants that could be cultivated, for example. Likely anticipating that any debate and vote on the wide-ranging legalization legislation wouldn’t wrap up before…
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