MEXICO CITY – The occasion of Mexico’s president-elect submitted laws Thursday that might legalize marijuana possession, public use, rising and gross sales.
Sen. Olga Sanchez Cordero introduced the measure, saying that everybody ought to have “the precise to hold as much as 30 grams (one ounce) of hashish.” Folks might carry greater than an oz. in the event that they requested a allow to take action below the proposal.
“From the viewpoint of unfavourable results, there is no such thing as a cause why marijuana shouldn’t be authorized, if alcohol and tobacco are,” in line with the invoice.
Cordero has been picked as inside secretary by President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who takes workplace Dec. 1. She is at present a senator for Lopez Obrador’s leftist Morena occasion.
Her invoice additionally would enable each Mexican to develop as much as 20 marijuana crops on personal property and produce as much as 17 ounces (480 grams) a 12 months. Public smoking of marijuana could be allowed, “besides in tobacco smoke-free areas.”
Gross sales of marijuana could be regulated by a particular company, which might oversee purity, packaging and high quality. Gross sales of edible marijuana merchandise could be prohibited, as would promoting or selling marijuana. Offering pot to minors could be unlawful, and driving whereas below the affect of marijuana could be topic to prosecution.
The invoice must be authorised by each homes of congress, the place Morena and its allies maintain majorities in each chambers.
In 2016, Mexico’s authorities started granting permits for some sufferers to import medicinal marijuana merchandise. It has additionally decriminalized the possession small quantities of marijuana (about 5 grams) and issued a number of permits for individuals to domesticate and possess pot for private use.
Uruguay was the primary nation to legalize marijuana for private use. This 12 months, Canada grew to become the second and largest nation with a authorized nationwide marijuana market.