Articles By Laura Gamba
While some lawmakers are considering a special session, the Supreme Court could also take action.
The Chamber of Deputies has passed a legalization bill, which will now return to the Senate, bringing Mexico closer to becoming the world's largest legal cannabis market.
Lawmakers are set to vote on an amended cannabis legalization bill this week. Their deadline, which has already been extended three times, is April 30.
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.