Mexican Senators Broadly Endorse Decision Proposing Regulation of Cannabis
Yes, the use of cannabis in Mexico will be legal! Legislators have agreed that several reservations will be made, such as public places such as parks, shopping centers or near schools, and will be discussed in the Senate. The United Commissions on Health, Justice and Legislative Studies of Senate of the Republic have approved overall the notice that regulates cannabis for recreational use.
During the meeting, legislators agreed that a certain number of reservations will be expressed, which will be discussed in plenary. To demonstrate the equivalent of a kilo of marijuana, PRI senator Jorge Carlos Ramirez Marin brought two bags of "oregano".
After two hours of discussion, senators from different parties approved by 26 votes for, seven against and eight abstentions, the document in which the regulation of cannabis is proposed from three different angles: medical, industrial and recreational.
This opinion proposes the creation of a law for the regulation of cannabis, in addition to reforms and additions to various provisions of the General Health Law and the Federal Criminal Code. The decision, which was voted by the Senate, proposes, among other things, that people be allowed to have up to 28 grams and not just 5 as expected. Also, people who need it for health reasons can plant 20 plants by applying for a permit from the Mexican Institute for the Regulation and Control of Cannabis.
The different positions have shown many contradictions, such as that of Senator Antares Vázquez de Morena, who said that these regulations “are not the promotion of their use, but rather an attempt to regulate the black market” which already exists in the country.
On the other hand, Damián Zepeda of the PAN showed his opposition to the judgment by refusing to allow young people to obtain it, besides the fact that the regulation of marijuana, for him, will not allow to reduce the violence.
Finally, the PRI legislators abstained because they declared themselves in favor of the regulation, but for them, there must be some modifications to be made ...