Mexico is poised to become the third country to fully legalize adult-use cannabis, with lawmakers expected to vote on the bill as early as this week, according to a Marijuana Moment report. The bill’s language was released to the public last week.
Lawmakers are pushing to pass the bill in time to meet a deadline set by the Supreme Court, who last year declared that cannabis prohibition is unconstitutional and gave lawmakers less than a year to pass rules and regulations for the country’s impending cannabis marketplace.
The proposed market appears to be aimed at social equity and the limiting of foreign investment — here are the major takeaways from Mexico’s cannabis legalization proposal:
- Adults 18+ would have access to the legal marketplace, able to possess and purchase the plant
- The bill will allow up to four homegrown plants per adult
- No social-use/public consumption (private use only)
- All plants or seeds must be registered, even for home grows
- The bill calls for a new agency, the “Cannabis Institute,” to handle licensing and regulations
- Licensing priority would be given to low-income individuals, smaller farmers, and indigenous communities
- No vertical integration allowed for cannabis corporations
- Commercial cannabis plants must be grown pesticide-free
- Strict packaging rules would leave little room for brand expression
- Cannabis advertisements would be banned
- Edibles/beverages would only be available for medical cannabis patients
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