MX: Mexican senator files cannabis legalization bill ahead of deadline

A Mexican senator introduced a bill to legalize cannabis on Tuesday, with just one month before a Supreme Court-imposed deadline to end prohibition.

Sen. Julio Menchaca Salazar of the government’s ruling MORENA party filed the legislation, which would provide for the legal possession, cultivation and consumption of cannabis for personal use by adults.

The legislation would amend two sections of Mexico’s federal drug laws and includes provisions concerning medical cannabis and the use of hemp in textiles, according to a press release.

During a floor speech, Salazar, who is the head of the Senate Justice Committee, argued that prohibition has only played into the hands of criminal enterprises. He also pointed to state-legal cannabis markets in the U.S. as examples of effective regulatory schemes.


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