The Mexican Senate is preparing to debate bills to legalize cannabis in the upcoming February-April legislative period. A new bill led by Senate Majority Leader will regulate planting, production, labeling, sale and distribution, according to a document released by the senator’s office. The law would also create the rules for points of sale and permitted THC content for the products.
The cannabis legalization, including food, beverages, and cosmetics containing up to 1% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), should generate peace, well-being, and progress in Mexico without the State losing control of the seeds and without their consumption affecting others or encouraging their addition, states the new draft opinion of the Senate.
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New cannabis regulation law in Mexico
This Saturday, the united commissions of Justice, Health and Legislative Studies Second of the Senate distributed the new draft of the Law for the Regulation of Cannabis.
It includes reforms to the General Health Law and the Federal Penal Code, in order to fully decriminalize the use of cannabis in Mexico, although the unjustified possession of quantities greater than 200 grams will remain a crime that merits up to six years in prison.
The Document that’s awaiting approval
The document, a copy of which is available to Excelsior and will be discussed for approval next Wednesday, includes changes proposed by the parliamentary groups to provide greater clarity. However, it leaves out proposals to allow individual possession of the remaining four cannabis plants at home or to allow their use in all types of public spaces.
Although Movimiento Ciudadano and the PRD requested that the so-called traceability of the seeds should be removed, which means control of the seeds by the new autonomous institute that will be the maximum authority in the matter. The draft opinion maintains that those interested in entering the legal cannabis market will have to register their seeds and the State will follow up on their processing.
Among the changes, they did accept the marketing of food, beverages, and cosmetics containing cannabis to be allowed. It says that “acts inherent in the processing and marketing of cannabis and its derivatives for cosmetic products, as well as their import and export, shall be prohibited where they contain more than 1% THC.”
It also states that “acts inherent in the processing and marketing of edible and drinkable products of cannabis or its derivatives, as well as its import and export, are prohibited when these contain more than 1% THC, with the exception of those products used for medical, pharmaceutical, or palliative purposes, under the terms of this Law, the General Health Law and other applicable regulations.”
It also included that “in view of the interdependence of human rights, the State shall implement the necessary policies, programs and plans. Respecting the self-determination of persons and the right to health, especially of women, girls and boys, as well as young adults, information based on scientific evidence is promoted on the risks of psychoactive cannabis use both in persons over 18 and under 25 years of age, as well as in pregnant and nursing women, with the aim of inhibiting its use and, where appropriate, that the use is responsible.”
On February, 26th a meeting of the joint committees on Justice, Health and Legislative Studies Second was postponed and called for next week in order to find consensus.
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