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Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies Approves Initiative to Legalize Medical Marijuana

LADB Article ID: 80281
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-05-03
By: Carlos Navarro

The Mexican Chamber of Deputies overwhelmingly approved on April 28 an initiative to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes and for research activities. The vote in the lower house follows approval of a similar measure in the Senate in December 2016. The vote, which modified a law known as the Ley General de Salud (General Law on Health), represents a victory for President Enrique Peña Nieto, who made a formal proposal to ease restrictions on marijuana use a year ago. The legislation removes penalties for the cultivation, harvest, marketing, and transportation of marijuana, as long as the product is grown for medical and scientific activities. The initiative also stipulates that products that contain 1% or less of derivatives made from marijuana (cannabis sativa) and which have “ample industrial uses” can be sold on the market, exported, or imported, as long as sanitary requirements are met. “The ruling eliminates the prohibition and criminalization of acts related to the medicinal use of marijuana and its scientific research, and those relating to the production and distribution of the plant for these purposes,” the Chamber of Deputies said.

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