Mexico’s Senate will vote for a invoice to totally legalize marijuana within the subsequent few days, a key lawmaker advised Reuters, marking a significant step towards altering the nation’s method to the drug by eradicating it as a supply of revenue for violent drug gangs.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a leftist critic of Mexico’s long-standing drug battle, has since final yr signaled his openness to the decriminalization of marijuana as a part of a broader shift on safety coverage.

Sen. Ricardo Monreal, the chief of Lopez Obrador’s MORENA social gathering within the higher chamber of Congress, stated in an interview late Monday {that a} vote on the proposal would happen later
this week or subsequent week.

“The end of the prohibitionist policy is good for the country,” he stated, including that the invoice would regulate private use and sale of marijuana in addition to analysis into the plant. It additionally contemplates creation of cooperatives that may develop marijuana, plus a brand new regulatory company.

If authorised by the Senate, the proposal would proceed to the decrease home for a vote. MORENA and its allies maintain majorities in each chambers.

Late final yr, the Supreme Courtroom stated lawmakers had till Oct. 24 to legalize marijuana, after the court docket dominated in a number of instances that prohibition of the leisure use of the drug violated the structure.

Below Mexican legislation, if the Supreme Courtroom points the identical determination 5 occasions, the rulings set a precedent and the court docket can then order the institution of a regulatory framework as
effectively as additional authorized motion.

Whereas the chief of MORENA within the decrease home, Mario Delgado, has proposed that the federal government tightly administer a future marijuana market, Monreal was noncommittal. 

“There are some [proposals] that would establish a type of state-run monopoly … but we want to leave it more open,” he stated.

The 59-year-old lawyer additionally left open the likelihood that the laws could possibly be placed on maintain if a public referendum on legalizing marijuana sought by Lopez Obrador had been to be licensed first.

“We will know in the next few days if we’re able to build a [legislative] consensus or if we wait for the referendum,” stated Monreal.

The legislative chief emphasised that “many companies” have approached him and expressed their curiosity within the proposal, following comparable initiatives in a number of U.S. states, together with California, in addition to Canada.

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