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Mexico is about to become the third country worldwide to legalize the use of marijuana, both for medicinal and recreational purposes.

On Thursday, Nov. 19, the Mexican Senate voted overwhelmingly — with 82 in favor, 18 against and two abstentions — to legalize nationwide personal marijuana use and possession of the drug.

The Senate also provided for the legal administration and regulation of cannabis usage and distribution through the establishment of a special government institute within the Public Health Secretariat.

Under the new law — which still must be approved by the Mexican Chamber of Deputies — people will be allowed to possess up to 28 grams of marijuana, which must be purchased from a government-approved merchant, and up to four marijuana plants in their homes.

Marijuana will not be allowed to be consumed by minors or in smoke-free environments.

Marijuana use is legal in both Canada and Uruguay.

…Nov. 20, 2020

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