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Mexico to become world’s biggest legal marijuana market

Some claim that pot legalization will reduce the cartel-related violence that has been consuming the country for decades

Update : 15 Oct 2020, 04:10 PM

Mexico is set to become the biggest legal marijuana market in the world.

Lawmakers have until December 15 to pass pot legislation under orders from the Supreme Court, which struck down a marijuana ban as unconstitutional two years ago, reports Los Angeles Times.

The prospect of pot legalization in Mexico follows decades of restrictive drug policies that fueled deadly cartel wars across the country and beyond.

The impending deadline has intensified debate over exactly what legalization should look like and whom it should benefit.

It is estimated that 200,000 families are currently growing marijuana in Mexico.

Moreover, a bill that would allow private companies to sell marijuana to the public is likely to pass in the Senate within two weeks and then go to the lower house of congress, said senate leader Ricardo Monreal. 

One stipulation of the legislation draft is that commercial marijuana be traceable from seed to sale, which requires expensive, high-tech testing.

The draft law also limits individual growers to six plants and requires anybody who wants to consume to obtain licenses from the government.

Some claim that pot legalization will reduce the cartel-related violence that has been consuming the country for decades.

Security experts, however, say that is far from certain as pot still plays a major role in the Mexican drug trade.

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