Mexico’s Ruling Party Plans Legislation To Legalize Marijuana Sales

Mexico’s Ruling Party Plans Legislation To Legalize Marijuana Sales

Just days after Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that laws prohibiting the use, possession and personal cultivation of marijuana are unconstitutional, key officials from the country’s ruling party said they are already pondering legislation to legalize cannabis sales as well.

First, Mexico’s Congress will act to repeal the now-invalidated criminal statues against marijuana.

But then, “we are going to take a step forward in the regulation that may already involve the production, marketing and distribution of marijuana,” said Olga Sánchez Cordero, a senator who is expected to become interior secretary in the incoming government of President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Their party, the National Regeneration Movement, which goes by the acronym MORENA in Spanish, controls Mexico’s Congress.

“I say it from the heart: we celebrate it, the Court is setting a marvelous precedent for us to walk in that direction,” Sánchez said, according to a Google translation of a Reforma report.

Mario Delgado, a party leader in the other half of Mexico’s Congress, the Chamber of Deputies, told the news outlet that he would support the marijuana legislation.

“We have seen progress in Canada, in the United States,” he said.

Last month, Sánchez and other members of López Obrador’s future cabinet discussed legalizing cannabis with Canadian government officials on a trip to that country, which ended prohibition of cannabis on October 17.

López Obrador takes office as president on December 1.

Where Mexico’s Next President Stands On Marijuana

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Mexico’s Ruling Party Plans Legislation To Legalize Marijuana Sales

Mexican Supreme Court Strikes Down Marijuana Prohibition

Mexican Supreme Court Strikes Down Marijuana Prohibition

By issuing rulings in two separate cases on Wednesday, Mexico’s Supreme Court set binding precedent that the country’s ban on consuming marijuana is unconstitutional.

The move comes as the nation’s incoming presidential administration has been considering legalization.

Earlier this month, designated members of President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s future cabinet discussed legalizing cannabis with Canadian government officials on a trip to that county, which ended prohibition of the drug this month.

The two new high court judgements follow three similar previous rulings. Under Mexican law, when chambers of the Supreme Court rule the same way five times on a given subject matter, it becomes binding precedent on all of the nation’s judges.

It also means that the government must now amend policies that contradict with the court’s constitutional interpretation, namely that marijuana laws need to be reformed.

“The ruling only applies personal possession and private use, and cultivation in the home for such use,” Steve Rolles, a senior policy analyst with the Transform Drug Policy Foundation, told Marijuana Moment in an interview. “It also allows for sharing. So the situation will be somewhat similar perhaps to the give-and-grow schemes in Washington, D.C. and Vermont in that it doesn’t allow for commercial sales. Though that seems likely to follow when lawmakers act to implement the ruling. Until the legislation is adapted, we will be in something of a grey area.”

“In these matters, the First Chamber held that the fundamental right to the free development of the personality allows the persons of legal age to decide – without any interference – what kind of recreational activities they wish to carry out and protect all the actions necessary to materialize that choice,” the court said in a press release, as translated by Google. “Now, it was also clarified that this right is not absolute and that the consumption of certain substances could be regulated, but the effects caused by marijuana do not justify an absolute prohibition on its consumption.”

The new precedent doesn’t mean that it is automatically legal for people to use and grow marijuana, but it does mean that judges considering the cases of those who are caught by police before formal statutory changes are implemented must abide by the Supreme Court’s ruling.

Mexico’s Congress has 90 days to repeal cannabis laws that are now considered unconstitutional.

The Wednesday rulings in cases 547/2018 and 548/2018 were first reported by HuffPost.

López Obrador takes office as president on December 1.

Where Mexico’s Next President Stands On Marijuana

See the original article published on Marijuana Moment below:

Mexican Supreme Court Strikes Down Marijuana Prohibition

Mexican Government Officials Visit Canada To Learn About Marijuana Legalization

Mexican Government Officials Visit Canada To Learn About Marijuana Legalization

The office of Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced on Friday that key members of his incoming cabinet will discuss marijuana legalization with Canadian government officials on a visit to the country next week.

As part of the trip by seven secretaries-designate, officials from the two nations will meet about issues such as human rights, inclusive governance and “regulation of cannabis use,” a press release from López Obrador’s transition team said.

Among those taking the trip north will be Olga Sánchez Cordero, the likely next interior secretary of Mexico, who has previously said she would encourage the new president to legalize marijuana and pursue broader drug policy reforms.

Canada’s marijuana legalization law went into effect this week.

López Obrador will be sworn in as president on December 1.

Where Mexico’s Next President Stands On Marijuana

See the original article published on Marijuana Moment below:

Mexican Government Officials Visit Canada To Learn About Marijuana Legalization

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