Before April ends, Mexican lawmakers are planning to pass amended marijuana legislation to legalize and regulate marijuana sales in the country.
The new proposal, which was jointly submitted by the Justice and Health Committees, will allow adults to possess up to 28 grams of cannabis for personal use and cultivate up to six plants. Individuals could apply for a license to possess more than 28 grams but no more than 200 grams.
Those who possess an amount of marijuana between 28 and 200 grams would be charged a fine amounting to roughly $560, while stricter penalties would be imposed for possession of more than 200 grams.
Sen. Ricardo Monreal Ávila of the MORENA party said the measure is not final yet. He said he’ll be meeting with Interior Secretary Olga Sánchez Cordero and Julio Scherer, legal advisor to the president soon to discuss cannabis reform legislation.
The Mexican Cannabis Institute would be responsible for issuing business licenses and developing rules for the market. It would also be able to issue grants for research into the cultivation of cannabis for commercial use, according to Milenio.
Monreal said “there is nothing ensured yet” in terms of the prospects for the new draft legislation being passed as written.