Mexican lawmakers give initial OK to hemp and MJ legalization

Mexican lawmakers are a step closer to legalizing marijuana and hemp.

Three separate Senate panels approved legislation that would legalize all forms of cannabis, sending the measure to the full Senate. It would still require a vote in another chamber after that.

Although there’s still steps to go, the bill is expected to pass because the ruling party that supports the measure has enough votes. If the measure becomes law, Mexico would have the largest legal adult-use market of marijuana. The country has a population of 130 million.

The bill would legalize possession of marijuana up to 28 grams and decriminalize up to 200 grams. It would also allow the plant to be grown at home, with restrictions.

A cannabis agency would be created to regulate commercial opportunities and issue licenses.

Read more about Mexico’s cannabis proposal here.