Mexican President says cannabis legalization top of mind when congress reconvenes in September

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It’s been two years since the Supreme Court of Mexico ruled that the federal prohibition of cannabis for possession and personal use is unconstitutional.

In the time that has passed, the country has slowly moved toward legalization and earlier in August, those efforts got another boost. Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador acknowledged in a press conference that lawmakers will resume working on an adult-use legalization bill when they reconvene next month, Marijuana Moment reports. 

“There have already been consultations, and if they are going to decide on this matter, that is, there is going to be a legal reform,” López Obrador said of legislators.

In March, the country’s Senate committees approved a bill that would end the prohibition on cannabis and allow people 18 years and older to grow as many as 20 plants. The bill was on track to meet an Apr. 30 deadline, but then the pandemic hit. The deadline has now been pushed to Dec. 15. 

Under the current bill, which could still be revised, personal possession would be capped at 28 grams, but possession of up to 2,000 grams would be decriminalized. Medical patients would also be able to apply to cultivate more than 20 plants.

Hemp and CBD would not be held to the same regulations as THC products, Marijuana Moment reports. There would also be a 12 per cent tax on cannabis sales, with a portion of the revenue directed towards a substance misuse treatment fund.

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