According to the Senate leader of Mexico’s ruling party, lawmakers will vote on a bill to legalize marijuana for adult use by the end of October.
Sen. Ricardo Monreal of the MORENA party has said that his chamber is almost done crafting a new reform bill. The bill will be the product of weeks of public forums and open-session debates.
Members of the other half of Mexico’s legislature, the Chamber of Deputies, will be invited to weigh in on the bill.
“We’re thinking that we’ll bring the law out, approve it, at the end of October,” Monreal said. “That’s the schedule we have.”
Another piece of legalization legislation that will be considered by the Senate was introduced by a member of the MORENA party, Sen. Julio Menchaca Salazar, in September.
“The idea is to try to make the best law possible,” Monreal said. “We’ve spent hours and hours debating this issue in the Senate and we’re going to respectfully invite [deputies] so that they join us in the next debates.”