Mexican lawmakers will again take up the issue of establishing rules for a regulated marijuana market in the new legislative session that begins on Wednesday, a top senator says. The country’s Supreme Court first deemed the prohibition on personal consumption and cultivation of cannabis for adults unconstitutional in 2018. Since then, there’s been an ongoing effort in Congress to legislate on the issue—but lawmakers have repeatedly failed to meet court deadlines to end marijuana criminalization. The court took matters into its own hands in June and invalidated prohibition, without a regulatory scheme in place. Also that month, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said his administration will respect the court’s decision, and he indicated that further reforms could potentially be placed before voters on the ballot. But Sen. Julio Ramón Menchaca Salazar of the MORENA party said in a new statement on Monday that cannabis legalization will ideally be taken up by the legislature in the forthcoming session after regular orders of business are addressed.

Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment, 08/31/2021 09:50:00

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