Mexico’s government is on course to deliver on its promise of full legalisation of cannabis before the end of the month, according to Leaf Desk sources.
Senators across the political divide are understood to have united to push through the legislation which could be passed this week and announced by Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (pictured).
A massive document containing 74 articles reporting on the implications of marijuana legalisation was handed to the heads of the Justice, Health, Legislative Studies and Public Security commissions on Thursday night in readiness for them to report back to the Senate in the coming days.
Entitled “Law For the Regulation of Cannabis”, the huge files detail every aspect of what will form Mexico’s marijuana legislation. The subjects range from cultivation and sustainable growth to health effects and dispensing through pharmacies.
The commissions involved have, The Leaf Desk understands, all unanimously agreed to remain in session in order to fast-track the legislation and allow the Mexican government to hit a deadline set by the Supreme Court.
According to observers in Mexico City, senators across the political spectrum are all working towards meeting the deadline and making cannabis legal throughout the country.
“We are just days away from this being passed by the Senate once the commissions have all gone through the process of a formal vote on the proposed legislation,” explained economics analyst Montse Hernandez.
“This should be just a simple formality before it goes to the Chamber of Deputies for finalisation ahead of being passed as a bill of federal law.”
Although backed by an overwhelming majority, legalising cannabis for medical and recreational use throughout Mexico does have some vocal opponents within the government. While they could hinder the voting process, their protestations are not expected to create a stumbling block for legislation.
“Too many people have done their homework for this to be stopped or delayed,” added Miss Hernandez.
“There is a clause in place that will allow the full Senate to apply for a deadline extension from the Supreme Court but this is merely standard practice and common sense.
“This whole process has been precise and thorough from the very start which is why everyone in Mexico – not just within the government – is ready and prepared for this to happen so I don’t anticipate any issues.”