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Mexico one step away from becoming world’s largest legal weed market

Last Thursday, Mexico’s Senate approved a landmark cannabis legalization bill, another big move towards the country’s legalization of marijuana. The vote was a landslide, with senators voting 82 votes to 18 and seven abstentions, but it still needs to pass through the lower house of Congress for final approval. If the initiative passes, it will mark the opening of the world’s largest legal weed market as well as a revolution in the country’s notoriously corrupt drug trade. The new bill aims to “contribute to the reduction of crime linked to drug trafficking” and “improve living conditions,” according to its text. Adults […]

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In Mexico, Lawmakers Renew Push to Legalize Cannabis – Cannabis Wire

Mexico’s Senate is prepared to vote on a bill to legalize cannabis for adult use, bringing the country one step closer to an historic shift that could make it one of the world’s largest legal cannabis markets.  During a virtual meeting on Friday, after a rather calm discussion, members of  the Senate´s Health, Justice, and Legislative Studies commissions announced they will vote to pass the bill on Wednesday. They will meet face-to-face, as required by Congress.  The road to cannabis legalization in Mexico has been winding. Lawmakers are following a Supreme Court order that requires them to finalize rules about […]

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Mexico is Probably Going to Legalize Weed in the Next Few Weeks, Here is What You Need to Know

Mexico has a deadline to finalize their plans to legalize cannabis in the country. The December 15 deadline is quickly approaching and it seems that lawmakers has some form of regulatory plan in the works. The problem is – cannabis activists believes that the measures favors bigger corporations while alienating rural farmers and not doing much in order to deter the negative effects of the drug war. In fact, there has been an ongoing campaign to change some of the statutes of the proposed regulations. “The truth is we’re just a few weeks away from the vote and we don’t […]

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How Arizona's cannabis legalization proposition might impact NM – New Mexico Political Report

Election Day in New Mexico resulted in a slight expansion of the state’s Senate, and a very slightly reduced, but still large, House Democratic majority. But while New Mexico voters cast their votes on Tuesday, voters in neighboring Arizona voted overwhelmingly to legalize recreational-use cannabis, something the New Mexico Legislature has not been able to pull off, despite years of attempts.  Arizona may be at least a year away from seeing any significant tax revenue from legalized cannabis, but the proposition included an expungement provision and will allow medical cannabis dispensaries to start selling it for recreational-use by next spring, […]

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Lawmakers Ready To Legalize Cannabis In Mexico But Concerns Remain

In 2018, the Mexican Supreme Court overturned the country’s ban on recreational cannabis. The justices determined that individual liberties outweighed any consequences that came from using cannabis. The court then mandated Mexico’s Congress to pass legislation based on their ruling. After several delays and extensions, the current deadline for this change is December 15, 2020. Once legislation is signed, Mexico will join Canada and Uruguay as the only countries in the world to have legalized recreational cannabis at the federal level. “We’re about a month and a half away from Congress meeting the deadline that was set by the Supreme […]

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The 1,000 Plant Weed Garden Outside of Mexico's Senate Still Remains to This Day

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-10-12/mexico-is-poised-to-become-the-biggest-legal-marijuana-market-in-the-world-the-big-question-who-will-benefit A few weeks back I wrote about a cannabis garden that sits outside of the Mexican Senate. I wrote about how this was a form of protest from pro-cannabis activists who have been pressuring law makers on regulating the industry that technically was supposed to come to fruition in 2018. However – lawmakers have frequently missed their deadlines and as a result, the activists continued to tend the garden. The garden has been active since the beginning of 2020 and now has a little over 1,000 plants. You read that right – more than 1,000 plants sitting right outside […]

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Mexico Cannabis Update – What is Happening with Mexico's Weed Situation?

Mexico’s road to cannabis legalization has been stalled for two years. In 2018, the Supreme Court in Mexico ruled for the fifth consecutive time on a “pro cannabis legislation”. Within the Mexican Constitution, this automatically nullified cannabis prohibition. Lawmakers were charged with coming up with a game plan. While the court ruled it a “constitutional right” for every Mexican to grow and consume and possess cannabis, they don’t have the authority to dictate the regulations of the newly legalized marketplace. Since 2018, we have seen different proposals and it almost seemed by the end of last year that we were […]

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Chaos and cannabis – Searchlight New Mexico

Ed Williams has reported on poverty, public health and the environment in the U.S. and Latin America for digital, print and radio media outlets since 2005. He comes to Searchlight New Mexico by way of KUNM Public Radio in Albuquerque, where he worked as a reporter covering public health. Ed’s work has appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, NPR, Columbia Journalism Review, and other publications. He earned a Master’s in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. Text Ed securely using Signal encryption at (505) 699-6401 ShareThis post was originally published on this site

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Cannabis Is Coming! The Latest On Colombia And Mexico – L.A. Weekly

In partnership with The Fresh Toast As many of our readers will know, the U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on nationwide decriminalization of marijuana this month under the MORE Act. If legislators in Colombia and Mexico have their way, the House’s counterparts in two important Latin American economies could be following its steps. In Colombia, Reps. Juan Carlos Losada (Liberal – Bogota) and Juan Fernando Reyes (Liberal – Valle del Cauca) have introduced a bill to permit recreational cannabis use. Currently, Art. 49 of the Colombian Constitution prohibits the possession and consumption of narcotic or psychotropic substances. The bill would amend Art. 49 to exclude cannabis from […]

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