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By KELIN DILLON

Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies is set to debate proposed legislation to legalize marijuana in the country on Wednesday, March 10, following two special committees of the Congress’ lower house approving drafts of the bill on Monday evening, with expectation of the bill’s passage later in the week.

The legislation, which is supported by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), would allow people in Mexico over the age of 18 with a permit to grow, consume and be in possession of marijuana.

The legislation specifies that a person may only legally be in possession of up to 28 grams of marijuana, and may only grow up to six cannabis plants if they live alone, or eight plants total in a shared residence.

Experts say the bill is likely to pass into law this week, following the debate in the lower house.

López Obrador has argued that decriminalizing marijuana, as well as other illegal drugs, could help combat the country’s widespread issues with drug-trafficking cartels.

Some say the upcoming marijuana legislation could potentially open the doors for AMLO to push through the legalization of opium in Mexico.

As of 2019, there were about 30,4000 hectares of illegal opium fields spread across the country.

…March 10, 2021

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