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.”