420 with CNW – Mexican Government Seeks Public Input on Plans to Legalize Marijuana

Mexican legislators have announced plans to hold a series of public meetings in order to gather information on how the public thinks the government should handle the matter of legalizing recreational marijuana in the country. The meetings are planned for August 12, 14 and 16.

The announcements indicate that Mexicans will be free to pass on their suggestions on five different aspects of marijuana legalization. These are public health issues, matters of human rights, how to develop drugs derived from marijuana, how to prevent access to marijuana by minors and how to deal with marijuana addiction.

A translation of the information carried on the government website indicates that the move towards legalizing marijuana is motivated by several factors which include the changing attitude towards prohibition at the international level and the Supreme Court ruling that declared banning the recreational use of marijuana by adults as unconstitutional. These factors made it necessary to give serious thought to creating a regulated marijuana industry in the country.

The Mexican Senate has created a page where members of the public can find all the details about the planned meetings, as well as how interested people can register to attend the meetings in person. There is also a provision for Mexicans to submit their comments using an online form provided on the website.

The website also indicates that many bills related to marijuana legalization have been filed before the Senate and the content of those bills would form part of what is discussed during the public meetings.

Before the legislative committees start examining those bills, public input will be collected in a transparent and inclusive way so that the final legislation passed will be a true reflection of what the people of Mexico want at this time.

It should be remembered that a few months ago, Julio Ramon Salazar, the chair of the Senate Justice Committee, announced that his committee would use the summer recess to draft a law for the legalization of marijuana in the country.

While there are at least 10 bills seeking to reform Mexico’s marijuana policies, it is widely believed that the bill introduced by Olga Sanchez Cordero, the Mexican Secretary of Interior, is the one that is most likely to be passed by the lawmakers.

Marijuana reform is supported to the very top tiers of decision making in Mexico, with President Manuel Obrador saying that it is unsustainable to continue the war on drugs. He even went so far as suggesting in his National Development Plan that marijuana should be decriminalized.

Marijuana industry analysts would be eager to know what players like IONIC Brands Corp. (CSE: IONC) (OTC: IONKF) and Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTCQX: LXRP) think will be the regional ramifications of Mexico legalizing marijuana.

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