Towards legalization in Mexico: Olga Sánchez Cordero receives marijuana plant from senator and says she will plant it in her garden
Mexican Interior Minister Olga Sanchez Cordero received a pot of cannabis in recognition of her work in favor of legalization. The gift was given to him by Senator Emilio Alvarez Ikaza Longoria, of the rival party, during a discussion on the process of market regulation, which is expected to begin in about three months. In response, she promised: “I will plant it in the garden”.
The legalization process in Mexico began with a directive from the country's Supreme Court which ruled after a few hearings that criminalization of cannabis users violates human rights and individual freedoms. Judges ordered government to regulate legal cannabis market for adults 2019 , but have since rejected it twice in the wake of the covid-19 outbreak.
According to the report in Mexico, the plant was given to Cordero in recognition of his support and work in advancing the change in cannabis laws, as it is the belief on the issue within the Mexican government that has submitted the bill which should be approved in less than three months.
In interview with Joaquín López-Dóriga on Telefórmula, she stated that although she does not use it, the gift will be placed in her garden. Ms Segob also said that she supports the legalization of marijuana in Mexico because of the many benefits it offers.
“The medical use of marijuana has been a revelation to the world, and secondly because hemp is industrially interesting for clothing, energy, paper, building materials, stronger than any other building material. .
That is to say that there is enormous potential with hemp and also the recreational use of marijuana, respecting the principle of the autonomy of the will and the free development of the person ”, he said. -he adds.
When asked if he uses it, Sánchez Cordero replied that he did not, but that his position in favor of marijuana is to think of young people who, not finding marijuana, turn to other more harmful drugs. for their health.
“No (consumption), but the young people go looking for a churro and since they cannot get the churro because it is forbidden, they are given crystal pills, amphetamines and all the hard and synthetic drugs. which are the worst, the ones which make you really addicted.
Marijuana is not addictive or minimally addictive, so for now the youngster who goes to high school looking for a marijuana churro and doesn't find it will surely turn to another hard drug, much more harmful to his health than 'a drug like marijuana that is natural,' he concluded.
The third time that a cannabis plant has participated in official discussions in Mexico
Under the wording of the new law, residents aged 18 and over will be able to legally possess and cultivate cannabis for personal use only. Theoretically, it would be possible to grow up to 20 registered plants, but the condition is that the total yield does not exceed 480 grams per year, or about 40 grams per month or 1,3 grams per day. On the other hand, this is a law that will be difficult to monitor and in any case, anyone who registers as a medical cannabis patient will be allowed to grow more than 20 plants. Possession for personal use will be legal up to 28 grams, but even possession up to 200 grams will not be considered a criminal offense.
“The medicinal properties of cannabis have been a resounding discovery to the world until recently, and beyond, because hemp is industrially possible to produce clothing, energy, paper, building materials and is stronger than any other building material, ”Cordero said. “In other words, there is enormous potential for cannabis in industry as well as for recreation, while respecting the principle of individual freedom and human freedom over one's body.”
The Mexican Institute for Cannabis Regulation and Management, a decentralized body to be created under the wording of the new law, will be responsible for regulating the market and issuing licenses for the cannabis trade. The bill would impose a 12% tax on cannabis sales, with part of the proceeds going to the fund for treatment and rehabilitation for abuse. Smoking will be permitted in public areas, except in areas defined as 100% non-smoking. Hemp and CBD products will be exempt from the regulations applicable to THC products and placed on the market as dietary supplements.
This is not the first time that cannabis has arrived in the Mexican parliament. Last year, it was another lawmaker, Anna Lucia Ryuhas Martinez, who gave Cordero a joint hearing. “One step towards building peace, only one step is needed to build it, and that is to regulate the use of cannabis, a proposal you have raised,” said Ryuhas Martinez. “I am bringing you a gift in memory of the proposal you initiated, because it will be the way to help us build peace. Let's regulate the use of cannabis. “