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Several Nations Could Legalize Adult Use Cannabis In 2021—Which Could Be Next?

Last year came close to seeing two nations pass adult use cannabis laws. Ultimately, both efforts fell short. New Zealand saw its cannabis referendum rejected by voters in November, losing by a 51.1% to 48.8% margin. In Mexico, Congress was given its third extension to pass its law—pushing a decision into 2021.  While disappointing, one of the two nations remains on the cusp of legalization, as is a country pivotal in the advancement of cannabis research and technology. Other nations could take action in 2021, although their prospects appear more likely to occur in the coming years.  Much like the […]

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Mexico Publishes Medical Cannabis Regulations

This Tuesday, Mexico quietly passed and published rules that would regulate medical cannabis, setting up Mexico for a nation-wide cannabis industry, and taking another step towards overall cannabis reform in a nation that has been under the spotlight for a long time when it comes to cannabis regulation.  Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador officially signed into law the new legislation, which allows pharmaceutical companies within the country to officially do research on cannabis for medicinal purposes. Additionally, it also allows for testing of cannabis for recreational purposes, which will eventually lead to the world’s largest national cannabis market. But […]

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Mexican Senate Votes To Legalize Cannabis…But Activists Criticize The Measure

The Mexican Senate approved a landmark cannabis legalization bill last week, bringing the country one step closer to creating the largest legal cannabis market in the world. The measure now heads to Mexico’s lower legislative chamber, as activists assert that the bill is flawed. Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that laws prohibiting recreational cannabis are unconstitutional and ordered legislative reform. The nation’s lawmakers are now working to codify that decision before the current legislative session ends in December. Under the bill approved by senators last week, adults would be permitted to possess up to 28 grams of cannabis and […]

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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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