Articles By Laura Gamba
Lawmakers now have until April 2021 to pass a bill to legalize cannabis for adult use.
After a historic session, the bill heads to the Chamber of Deputies. And while the president’s position is unclear, the Supreme Court has required legalization by December 15.
Three Senate commissions approved a draft legalization bill, and a formal vote is expected on Wednesday to send the bill to the Senate floor. Lawmakers have until December 15 to meet the Supreme Court deadline to legalize.
Supporters of the bill argued that cannabis regulation is an alternative to the failed war on drugs, while opponents focused on the potential negative health effects.
After three years of delays, the country’s regulations appeared ready to go into effect in September. Now, medical cannabis patients are looking at January.
Lawmakers in hard-hit Colombia, Mexico, and Paraguay see big benefits if leaders don’t tarry.
A draft regulation would allow home cultivation and sales of oils via pharmacies.
Many small farmers here would like to grow cannabis legally, but a rigid bureaucracy and stiff financial requirements are fencing them out.
Mexican lawmakers were racing to meet an April 30 deadline to legalize cannabis for adult use. And then coronavirus hit.