Mexican lawmaker proposes bill for government to sell cannabis

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A key lawmaker in Mexico proposed a new bill to push the country to regulate the sale of cannabis.

Lower house majority leader Mario Delgado’s proposal would grant Cannsalud, a public company, exclusive access to buy cannabis from permitted growers and sell it to businesses that would, in turn, sell smaller amounts to the public.

The bill also notes individuals without permits could grow six plants for personal use, but only Cannsalud could sell cannabis to pharmaceutical companies.

“With this, the cannabis market is not left to autonomous regulation by individuals, but the State is involved as a constant supervisor and controller of the activity of this substance within a margin of legality that guarantees a benefit for all,” reads the bill, according to El Financiero.

“This is a first step towards the opening of a new lawful market, and a public company is proposed as an obligatory intermediary in order to identify and contain the risks inherent in the establishment of a new market, when there are already international commercial interests that seek to maximize its utilities above the protection of people’s health,” it adds.

This comes as Mexico scrambles to legalize recreational cannabis by a court-imposed deadline.

Bloomberg reports that the proposal aligns with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s plan to add more government oversight into private sectors, though he has not displayed any support for a government-operated sale of marijuana.

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