The past few years have been great for cannabis. Advanced research into its effects on the body that has found it has plenty of medical benefits, coupled with changing attitudes towards the plant, have pushed it more into the mainstream. As a result, plenty of territories have passed legislation allowing either recreational or medical marijuana within their borders. Many more jurisdictions have cannabis legalization on the books or they are at least considering it.
In Mexico, activists have demanded that the Senate include the legalization of recreational cannabis in the next special session that starts on July 29. This comes after the Mexican Cannabis Movement accused the Senate of possible contempt of a 2018 ruling by the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (“SCJN”). The court ruled that an absolute ban on the recreational use of marijuana was unconstitutional and gave Congress until December 15 to regulate public consumption of marijuana. However, according to activists, legislators have consistently failed to do that.
“We see constant delay, a delay in this legislation, now there is already one more extension, until Dec 15, and there is a Senator who wants to postpone the ruling even more under the excuse of the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Leopoldo Rivera, coordinator of the movement. They are holding a demonstration in front of the Senate in downtown Mexico City, where they have planted 420 marijuana plants of up to 2.5 meters tall. The activists want legislators to pass a law that upholds four core values: free personal or associated cultivation, simple free possession, dignified treatment, and public spaces for safe, responsible, and regulated consumption.
“We decided to start this movement of planting weed, and planting ourselves as citizens, as users of cannabis and as responsible citizens against a law that clearly does not do justice, that clearly criminalizes, that is clearly useless,” Rivera says. This March, the senate discussed a marijuana regulation law that would allow people to possess up to 28 grams of marijuana, and wouldn’t criminalize cultivating or using cannabis for medical purposes. However, it was met with opposition from activists who claimed it did not comply with the ruling by the SCJN and favored the interests of private companies.
“We’ve been here more than five months and only four months and only four senators have come down. Who do they legislate for? What they are proposing is a cosmetic change, which is not going to solve the problems of unconstitutionality pointed out by the Supreme Court,” says Rivera, adding that the Supreme Court shouldn’t grant any extensions to the Mexican Senate. “The police are mistreating the people, they are mistreating us, they are mistreating the citizens, they arrest them even when they are not consumers to extort them, to deprive them of their freedom, and that goes against the Mexican constitution.”
It would be interesting to hear what thoughts cannabis companies like Sugarmade, Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) have about the bumpy ride that marijuana legalization is taking despite a categorical ruling from the Supreme Court of the country about the topic.
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