The Mexican Senate's Justice Commission passes Cannabis bill in 6-5 vote.
Updated: May 25, 2021
The bill for the Federal Law for the Regulation of Cannabis, which was approved by the Chamber of Deputies in March, was approved by the Senate´s Justice Commission in a 6-5 vote on Monday.
Some key points of contention raised by the commission:
Senators raised concern about the abolition of the Mexican Institute for the Regulation and Control of Cannabis, which would have regulated cultivation licenses, business operations licenses, and adult-use permitting. The current bill, passed by the Chamber of Deputies in March, changes the authoritative oversight to the National Commission Against Addictions (CONADIC). Senators raised concern that the CONADIC is not fully equipped to regulate the adult-use cannabis market. See the full report here.
The commission reaffirmed that the current bill does not meet the criteria set by the Supreme Court, which guarantees that the personal use of marijuana is a human right, denominated as ¨the free development of personhood¨.
Senators raised concern about the omission of an article which would have reserved 40% of licenses and permits for communities affected by the War on Drugs, primarily indigenous and agrarian communities.
Some senators raised concern about the lack of oversight to protect minors and other non-consumers, and in general regulation to protect the public interest.
The bill will proceed to two other Senate commissions for another round of voting, expected to conclude by the end of this month. The Supreme Court had set an April deadline for full legalization of adult-use marijuana.
See the full replay below: