Mexican lawmakers take up sweeping cannabis legalization bill

MEXICO CITY – Mexican senators on Friday began weighing a sweeping initiative to legalize recreational use and sale of cannabis, a proposal that could create the world’s largest legal cannabis market in a country battered by a violent war against drug gangs.

The Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that recreational cannabis should be permitted, and lawmakers in 2017 legalized the use of medicinal cannabis. But the country has yet to pass laws that would legalize its recreational use, or regulations for medicinal cannabis.
Lawmakers are now rushing to try to meet a Dec. 15 deadline set by the Supreme Court for legalization, with the support of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador who has aimed to removing the drug as a source of income for violent drug gangs.

Discussed by the Senate’s health, justice, and legislative studies commissions on Friday, the cannabis bill would allow licensed sale of pot, let users carry up to 28 grams of the drug and grow as many as four…

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