It`s a crazy world, and literally anything can happen. These include Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico (2000-2006), who became the face of business and the leading advocate for marijuana legalization in Mexico. In March 2021, Mexico`s lower house of Congress legalized the recreational use of cannabis by 316 votes to 219. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador supported the marijuana legalization bill. The bill had to be passed by the Senate before reaching the president. He added that this industry has been legalized in at least 100 countries because marijuana “harms no one, no one has died anywhere in the world of marijuana use.” Cannabis has been illegal since 1920, personal possession of small amounts was decriminalized in 2009, and the medical use of THC content of less than one percent was legalized in 2017. Many countries, including Canada, Georgia, Malta, Thailand, South Africa and Uruguay, have legalized recreational marijuana use. In addition, 19 states, 2 territories and the District of Columbia have passed legalization laws in the United States. In addition, the Australian Capital Territory has also allowed the use of marijuana in Australia.
If passed, Mexico will join Canada and Uruguay in a short but growing list of countries that have legalized marijuana in America, adding new momentum to the legalization movement in the region. In the United States, Senate Democrats have also vowed to lift the federal drug ban this year. The 316-129 vote in Mexico`s lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, came more than two years after Mexico`s Supreme Court ruled that the ban on recreational marijuana was unconstitutional and more than three years after the country legalized medical cannabis. Cannabis is legal in Mexico according to the June 2021 Supreme Court decision. The Supreme Court legalized cannabis for adults by a vote of 8 to 3, as the ban on personal use of cannabis was unconstitutional. Mexican authorities are in the process of regulating medical cannabis (with less than 1% THC) after it was effectively legalized by decree in 2017 by Enrique Nieto, the predecessor of the current president. The Supreme Court legalized cannabis for adults under Mexican marijuana laws. However, it did not change federal and state laws. There is therefore no legal framework that establishes rules for the legal sale of cannabis for personal consumption. Mexican law would allow individual users to carry up to 28 grams of marijuana and grow six cannabis plants at home. Cannabis could also be purchased by adults over the age of 18 from licensed businesses and grown on a larger scale by licensed groups.
Medical marijuana, which Mexico legalized in 2017, would be regulated separately by the Department of Health, which issued rules for growing and researching medical cannabis in January. Security experts agree that the practical impact of the violence law is likely to be minimal: with 15 U.S. states now legalizing marijuana, they say, cultivation has become a relatively small share of Mexico`s drug trade, with cartels focusing on more profitable products like fentanyl and methamphetamines. In addition, the other health effects of marijuana are being studied. For example, it is not clear whether marijuana alone or mixing it with tobacco leads to the majority of negative health consequences. If you are over the age of 18 and want to grow cannabis at home, you can follow the rules for growing cannabis yourself. The Senate authorizes the cultivation of up to six plants at home. In addition, these six plants include three mature plants and three immature plants. Therefore, you can enjoy the moment of marijuana at home in Mexico.
In June 2021, the country`s highest court struck down laws banning private and home cultivation of cannabis for recreational purposes on human rights grounds, marking the culmination of a series of decisions that have encouraged small and medium-sized producers. Lawmakers in the border state of Tamaulipas voted Wednesday night to legalize same-sex marriage, becoming the last of Mexico`s 32 states to approve such unions. According to the latest legalization proposals, which expired at the end of the parliamentary session in December 2021 and are to be reintroduced, smoking cannabis would only be allowed in private spaces and only if everyone present consented, a provision widely considered impossible to control. Another controversial provision of the bill is a rule that cannabis smokers must install physical barriers indoors to prevent second-hand smoke from circulating. In addition, cannabis is known for its important treatments for chemotherapy and anxiety. It is helpful in curing sleep disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, loss of appetite, Parkinson`s symptoms, and fibromyalgia. While I would like to believe that this is exactly what would happen, I think the cartels have shown us that they have a lot more iron in the fire than those who trade in marijuana. Left: A couple kisses as they celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride month with a massive same-sex marriage in Mexico City, Mexico, June 24, 2022.
Photo by Edgard Garrido/REUTERS Marijuana plants growing in a pro-legalization protest camp outside the Senate building in Mexico City last year. Credit. Fernando Llano / Associated Press Authorities have assured law enforcement of large drug cartels instead of minor drug possession. The court declared the cannabis ban unconstitutional in 2018, prompting lawmakers to pass legislation. Disguised as a giant cannabis leaf, Medina participated in a protest last year that began at a small marijuana plantation outside the Senate office in Mexico City, where residents now regularly come to smoke weed while police turn a blind eye. (SCJN) has issued the General Statement of Unconstitutionality, which lifts the ban on the recreational use of cannabis and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Mexican lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday night to legalize recreational marijuana, a milestone for the country that is in a war on drugs and could become the world`s largest cannabis market, leaving the U.S. between two neighbors selling marijuana. August 24, at the Forum on Legal Cannabis in Mexico. The way forward for an industry acting Today, Senator Rafael Espino de la Peña said that during the ordinary session that began on September 1, the Senate of the Republic will continue its work to integrate comprehensive cannabis legislation “that responds to our context, curbs the problems it creates and promotes economic growth.” Taking away this industry (if we can do it peacefully) would be like telling all OXXO stores that they can no longer sell packets of popcorn: it might hurt their bottom line a bit, but it wouldn`t shut them down at all.
And since we know that cartels also take over perfectly legal industries, it`s hard to imagine that we would really succeed in taking away that part of their business unless they explicitly chose to let us do it. “With this product in Mexico, as much can be done as we have already done with vegetables, with berries, with so many products where Mexico is an export champion,” Fox said. In 2008, only about 7% of Mexican citizens were in favor of legalizing cannabis. That number has risen to about 33 percent in recent years in favor of legalizing recreational use.  This is because Mexico`s war on drugs has claimed thousands of lives and destroyed families. Recent cannabis legislation in the United States could be a factor in Mexico`s reconsideration of its views on cannabis. One factor against regulating cannabis use in Mexico may be that the majority of Mexican citizens identify as Catholic. The Catholic Church opposes the use of cannabis when used recreationally. Pope Francis has said that decriminalizing drugs does not solve the problem of addiction.
 And without additional government measures to combat organized crime, particularly in areas where marijuana is grown, such well-intentioned requirements could not have a significant impact on farmers in cartel-controlled areas. Cannabis was already used in the 16th century. It was introduced to Mexico by the Spanish in the form of hemp. Spain encouraged hemp production in the region, which was used to make ropes and textiles.  After the Mexican War of Independence (1810-1821), hemp cultivation declined as subsidies from Spain ran out.  On March 10, 2021, the lower house of Mexico`s Congress approved a bill to legalize recreational cannabis by a vote of 316 to 219.