Imelda Castro, the senator from Sinaloa, spoke in favor of legalizing cannabis production as well as legalizing cannabis for recreational and medical use. She said that Sinaloa has experience in cannabis production and much of it in the mountainous areas. Castro mentioned that the legal framework is necessary and stressed the market for medical cannabis in Sinaloa is the most important.
With the idea of promoting medical uses and taking advantage of the experience that producers have, senators would be in favor of approving the legalization of cannabis in Sinaloa situated in northwest Mexico.
In this event, cannabis sowing, producing, harvesting, transporting and industrialization would be regulated.
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Senator addresses the legalization of cannabis in Sinaloa
When Senator Imelda Castro went to the municipality to speak about the agenda for next month, she said that Sinaloa has experience in cannabis production and much of it in the mountainous areas.
“The idea is to take advantage of the experience of cannabis in Sinaloa but in an open, legal way,” said Senator Castro. “The process of planting and transportation is guaranteed by the state. In fact, there are those who propose that state companies be structured.”
She went on to say that cannabis should be legalized because people have to take advantage of the experience they have and form cooperatives.
“One of the reasons why the discussion of cannabis in Sinaloa was stopped last year was because the opinion that was coming was very focused on giving more opportunities to transnational companies. Several senators also raised the issue of the social production of cannabis in Sinaloa, which in that case would strengthen Sinaloans,” said Castro.
The impact of legalizing cannabis in Sinaloa
In terms of health, the legislator said that cannabis in Sinaloa has had a positive impact because it has been scientifically proven that the medical use of cannabis is effective in several diseases.
“Take cannabis out of illegality, take away the illicit dealers and therefore cannabis ceases being a business for the black market. It has already happened in the United States, Canada, Uruguay and in many other countries of the world and they have had positive results,” she added. “The issue is that since now there is no information about how many addicts are in the country, the problem is not addressed. But in this case, it involves a whole policy that pays attention to consumers and helps to stop stigmatizing people for consuming cannabis.”
Although Castro stressed that the market for medical cannabis in Sinaloa is the most important, she recognized that it is very complicated to measure it in economic terms, because first they must have the legal framework.
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