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Mexico’s lower house MPs have approved a bill to legalize cannabis for intoxicants. After which Mexico can become the largest legal market for cannabis in the world. The bill is also expected to have massive Senate support before the approval of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. However, the President has already indicated to legalize it.
Three years after legalizing the hemp for medical use, the Supreme Court had called for the removal of the ban on its reclusive means for the use of drugs or pleasure, two years later, the bill was passed in the lower house by 129 votes out of 316 Support was passed.
Now any adult can use cannabis in smoking
If the bill becomes law then the adult people of the country will be able to smoke marijuana. By taking a permit, we will be able to plant a hemp plant in the house. Licenses will be given from small farmers to commercial growers to cultivate and sell the crop.
Mexico divided into two groups on the bill
Critics say that ‘About two-thirds of the people of the country are against this bill for medical use. Damian Jepa Vidales, a senator in the opposition National Action Party and one of the bill’s biggest opponents, said that the bill is purely political. The powerful people present in the government want to make it a part of the life of the common people.
Reduction in cannabis smuggling due to legalization
According to security experts, the new bill will be helpful in reducing violence. After the legalization of cannabis in 15 US states, it is argued that there was a huge reduction in the smuggling of cannabis and cartels (a group of drug mafia) started paying more attention to more profitable products such as Fantanil and Methamphetamine. Supporters of the bill argue that this is a historic step in ending the drug war. In which we lost 1 lakh 50 thousand people.
Congresswoman Lucia Riojas, who made headlines by offering ganja to the interior minister in 2019, says that “is an important step towards maintaining peace in a country like ours, where it has been inexplicable for at least a decade or more.” There were wars.
Small farmers will get license on priority
The bill has not yet clarified how much it will benefit from the poor farmers of Mexico, who have been cultivating it for decades and often get caught in the middle of differences between the drug mafia. This bill states that small farmers and people of their country will be given priority license. More than one license may also be granted under certain terms and conditions.
Claims of an important role in improving the economy
Mexico, with a population of over 120 million, will represent the largest hemp market in the world. Its cultivation will emerge as a big business in Mexico, which will prove to be important in improving the deteriorating economy in the Corona era.
Big capitalists will benefit
Some activists fear that this law will benefit the big capitalists through the ‘Integral License’. According to the ‘Integral License’, the capitalists are free from the cultivation of cannabis to selling it. While small producers will be confined to the market only, they may not get a license to farm.
Every person allowed to have 28 grams of hemp
According to this bill, per person will be allowed to keep 28 grams of hemp and to plant 6 hemp. People over the age of 18 years will be able to buy hemp from authorized traders of cannabis and licensed groups will also be able to grow cannabis on a large scale.
However, the law that completely legalizes cannabis after a long battle is a historic step.