In an historic vote, cannabis prohibition was deemed unconstitutional by Mexico’s Supreme Court.
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.
Medical cannabis has been legal since 2017, albeit in vague and limited terms. A regulatory framework took more than three years to follow.
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.
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.
Mexican lawmakers were racing to meet an April 30 deadline to legalize cannabis for adult use. And then coronavirus hit.
Three Senate committees approved a draft bill to legalize cannabis for medical, adult, and industrial use, kicking off a push toward an April deadline.
Legislators were working under a Supreme Court mandate to regulate in a way that promotes a new legal industry and curbs an old illegal one. Now they’re scrambling to regroup.
Senator Julio Menchaca Salazar said his bill was meant to complement the other nine under consideration.
The new ruling adds mounting pressure on Mexican lawmakers, who, despite the legalization of medical cannabis in 2017, have not created a pathway for patient access.
Under a Supreme Court order to legalize and regulate the drug, the country is holding a big civic discussion about exactly how best to do that.