Mexican Senate expected to pass legalization bill this week
Reuters is reporting that Mexico’s Senate will likely pass a bill to legalize cannabis in the next few days. In Mexico, passing in the Senate is only the first step to legalization (there’s another house to get through, and then presumably the President, Andrew Manuel Lopez Obrador, would need to sign it). But that said, both houses are currently controlled by the same party, and Obrador has said he was interested in decriminalization at least, so the chances are better here than you might think.
The only real question may be how legalization is implemented. Some of the proposals might have a government-controlled market, while others would allow the market to be more open. The President may also ask for a public referendum on the issue, which would open it up to a public vote (which would take time, and might not pass at all). And there’s also the question of how this would affect Mexico in general — certainly, it would help some of the growers down there to become legal, and would provide some extra income for the government. And hopefully it would also stop some of the drug violence down there (though it’s hard to know exactly what the reaction would be).
At any rate, legalization would definitely bring what’s currently happening out into the light, and would allow Mexican growers and distributors to start making legal profits off of the work they’re already doing. Hopefully, Mexico will find a solution that avoids more violence, and helps to develop a legal industry that prevents illegal activity before it happens.