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The Mexican Senate approved legislation to establish a hemp and marijuana marketplace Thursday, pushing the country closer to becoming only the third to legalize cannabis for industrial and recreational use.
The bill passed 82-18, with 7 abstentions.
Regulations for medicinal cannabis are pending separately, through an administrative process.
The bill in the Mexican Congress still needs approval from the lower house and the president. Lawmakers are working under a Dec. 15 deadline to pass the legislation, which the country’s Supreme Court called for after finding that prohibiting cannabis use is unconstitutional.
Read more about the vote at Marijuana Business Daily.
— Senado de México (@senadomexicano) November 19, 2020