Whether you’ve been following the news or you’re up-to-date with hit dramas like Queen of the South, you may have known or suspected that Mexico is the country with the most powerful drug cartels. While the cartels deal with a huge variety of drugs, the Mexican government is looking to slow them down by legalizing one of their product categories, cannabis.
In late November last month, the Mexican Senate signed a bill that would allow recreational cannabis use which is poised to pass by February of 2021, resulting in Mexico becoming the world’s largest legal cannabis market. It will be a massive change, legalizing cannabis across the entire supply chain, including farming, production, distribution, and consumption.
Though the use of medicinal cannabis has been legal in Mexico since 2017, people in Mexico can legally possess up to 5 grams of cannabis. If and when the bill passes, that amount will go up to an ounce of cannabis, or approximately 28 grams.
Ignacio Mier, the majority leader in Mexico’s lower house, believes that the use of cannabis is a right of Mexicans, and that he and his team are “committed to regulating cannabis.” This belief echoes a Mexican Supreme Court ruling in 2018 which ruled that cannabis prohibition was unconstitutional.
This major change in Mexico will place them third on the list of countries that have nationally legalized cannabis, following Canada and Uruguay.
Personally, I welcome the idea that my next trip to a Mexican resort can be paired with some fine recreational cannabis.
What do you think of this news? How do you think USA will be affected, once their northern and southern neighbours will be nationally legalized for cannabis? Let us know in the comments!