The House of Representatives passed a bill, years in the making, to legalize and regulate cannabis for medical and religious purposes.
A proposal circulated but was quickly halted as ruling party members disagreed on the way forward.
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Three years after the Supreme Court ruled out prohibition, lawmakers still haven’t reached consensus on regulation.
The country is the first in the European Union to legalize cannabis possession and cultivation for non-medical purposes, with others expected to follow in 2022.
After months of delays, a bill to legalize and regulate both came within a whisker of passing. But it was re-routed at the last minute, and its future is unclear.
After a five-year push, activists celebrated the new law, though some of them say it is still too restrictive.
With revenue from a new industry in mind, the country aims to catch up with some Caribbean neighbors.
For different reasons, the religious community and the hemp industry both want to tap the brakes on cannabis reform.
The Caribbean island nation has launched its medical cannabis industry, and now seeks to balance social costs with economic benefits in adopting further reforms.
A bill regulating both has already passed in the Senate and it is expected to sail through the Chamber of Deputies.
A parliamentary committee in Australia’s second most populous state has, after months of meetings and public comment, released a report calling for consideration of legal cannabis.
Voters may have warmed to the economic case for a new legal industry.
President Iván Duque issued a decree to lift a ban on cannabis flower exports, five years after medical cannabis became legal, and the industry sees opportunity.
The venture represents the first time a government in the Caribbean has entered the industry as an asset holder and investor.
In an historic vote, cannabis prohibition was deemed unconstitutional by Mexico’s Supreme Court.