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Cannabis Legalization Bill To Be Debated In Mexico This Week

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Mexico has a long history with cannabis, and Mexico has served as a global source for illegal cannabis for many years. In late 2018 Mexico’s Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in which the Court declared cannabis prohibition to be unconstitutional.

At the time of the decision, Mexico’s Supreme Court issued a deadline to lawmakers in Mexico mandating that they pass an adult-use cannabis legalization measure. The one-year deadline has come and gone, with an extension being granted. A legalization measure was circulated over the weekend, and this week the bill is expected to be debated by lawmakers, as reported by Marijuana Moment:

The 228-page document lists a series of proposed regulations for a legal cannabis model.

It would allow adults 18 and older to possess and cultivate marijuana for personal use. Individuals could grow up to 20 registered plants as long as the total yield doesn’t exceed 480 grams per year. Medical patients could apply to cultivate more than 20 plants, however.

Personal possession would be capped at 28 grams, but possession of up to 200 grams would be decriminalized.

Activists in Mexico have expressed concern about the lack of changes in the current legalization measure compared to previous versions that failed to be passed. It’s unclear at this time what the odds are of the current bill passing.

Even when lawmakers express optimism of it passing, those types of statements should be met with tempered expectations because a lot of political optimism has been offered up since late 2018, yet the passage of a legalization measure has remained elusive.

Currently, cannabis is officially legal for adult use in Canada and Uruguay.