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Mexican cannabis bill is delayed

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The lower house of the Mexican Congress has agreed to postpone a vote on the country’s Federal Law of Cannabis Regulation, which would establish commercial markets for industrial hemp and recreational marijuana. The Political Coordination Board of the Chamber of Deputies agreed to requests from commissions on justice and health for more time to study the proposed law, which has been tentatively rescheduled for a vote in February 2021. Mexico’s legislature has repeatedly pushed back deadlines to legalize marijuana under a Supreme Court mandate. Medical cannabis in Mexico is treated in a separate law that that went into effect in 2017. Provisions in that legislation, which reformed health and criminal laws, ordered the Mexican Health Department to write regulations by the end of 2017. But those rules have yet to be completed.

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