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Senate committees advance law on marijuana regulation

The ruling that creates the Federal Law for the Regulation of Cannabis was advanced in a remote meeting of Senate committees and will be signed on Wednesday to be sent to the plenary session with the aim of being voted on in the same week.

The law allows the cultivation, commercialization and industrialization of the drug, as well as possession of 28 to 200 grams when currently five grams are allowed.

If the new law is approved, it would be unconstitutional, warned the president of the Federalism Commission, Samuel García Sepúlveda (MC) and Alejandra Reynoso Sánchez (PAN), since this matter is not indicated in Article 73 of the Constitution as the exclusive power of the Congress of the Union.

Possession of marijuana is decriminalized in amounts of 28 to 200 grams, which was rejected by Damián Zepeda Vidales (PAN), who considered that this would generate marijuana drug dealing.

The president of the Health Commission, Miguel Ángel Mancera Navarro Quintero (Morena), rejected the possibility of this scenario, as did Antares Vázquez Alatorre.

Sylvana Beltrones Sánchez (PRI) warned that the SCJN forces Congress to change five articles and in the project analyzed in commissions today only two are touched, which makes the ruling “unsatisfactory.”

It was out of the ruling to request permission from the authorities to consume marijuana and it is denied that the home address of the people is subject to official inspection.

In the parts of licenses and permits, there is a lack of clarity and in the statement of the opinion it is not said why you can have four plants at home, said Senator Beltrones Sánchez.

Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa warned that the most adequate scope of the law should be national, rather than Federal.