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Mexico: "Cannabis legalization legislation is a priority"

Senate Majority Leader Ricardo Monreal Avila said that there is agreement among key legislative leaders of multiple parties to prioritize cannabis legalization legislation this session. He and other top legislators have been emphasizing the need to establish regulations for cannabis in recent months. 

The Mexican Supreme Court declared nearly three years ago that the country’s prohibition on the personal possession and cultivation of cannabis was unconstitutional. Lawmakers were then obligated to enact the policy change but have since been unable to reach a consensus on legislation to put in place regulations for a cannabis program.

Senate President Olga Sánchez Cordero, who previously served at a cabinet-level position in President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration, said that “there is no longer room for the prohibitionist policy. We are the Mexico of freedoms, and the people are aware of it.” Lawmakers will take up implementation legislation “in the coming weeks or months—but I do not want more time to pass,” she said.

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