Along with Great Britain, Mexico has also had a difficult and long-winded time getting weed legalized.
It all began in 2018 when the Supreme Court decided marijuana prohibition was unconstitutional. A deadline to legalize weed was given to the legislature, only to be extended multiple times. But then things started moving at the end of 2020, with the lower legislation approving a bill, sending it through separate chambers, only to come back and be “unworkable” again. It’s been stuck there since, and an April 30th deadline from the Supreme Court was passed with vague hope of a special session some time this month after the elections.
The elections took place on June 6th, and still no special session. The problems with the bill will sound very familiar for us in the US, including a lack of language regarding a big business takeover of the drug.
So that’s where we were, in legalization limbo, until yesterday, when the Supreme Court stepped in AGAIN.
This time, they’re legalizing marijuana on their own, without the help of the legislature. The vote is planned for Monday, which would effectively end marijuana prohibition in the country.
However, this ruling would not create any specific laws governing the selling and management of marijuana, so pressure has been increased greatly to come to an agreement on a bill within the Senate.
What seemed to be stuck in a constant loop is about to be forced free with the help of the Supreme Court, so we’ll certainly be seeing more from this story by this time next week.