Mexican Senate Slated to Vote on Bill to Legalize Marijuana

HeadlineOct 16, 2019

In Mexico, the Senate is slated to vote on legislation to legalize marijuana in the coming days. The bill’s passage would mark a major shift away from the U.S.-backed drug war in Mexico, which has killed tens of thousands of people since it began in 2006. This is Senator Ricardo Monreal, a member of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s MORENA party.

Sen. Ricardo Monreal: “Eliminating prohibition in the country is good. I think the possibility of regulating consumption, the cultivation, commercialization is a good thing. Also, heading toward industrial use is also good. I think that Mexico is prepared to take on such a position on such a trajectory. There are voices like that of the president, who has said there should be a national consultation, which is under consideration, which is pending and which is under discussion.”

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