On Thursday, the date Mexico’s Supreme Court set as the legislature’s deadline to pass a law legalizing adult use cannabis, advocates blocked the door of the Mexican Senate. In a steady rain, they referred to as on legislators to pass fair and just marijuana regulation. A chant rose up with tendrils of smoke from the joints dotting the crowd: “Las cosas sencillas, yo quiero mis semillas.” (“It’s easy, I want my seeds.”) Mexican cannabis activists had declared that they would not be ignored as lawmakers deliberate more than the country’s marijuana regulations.

It was the fifth day of the camp that activists had erected in front of the Senate creating on Mexico City’s central avenue, Paseo de la Reforma. But the plantón, as such demonstrations are referred to in Mexico, was not just an try to place stress on legislators to comply with the deadline offered to them by the Supreme Court. They also wanted it to be clear that they want the legislation proposed final week by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Morena Celebration to be revised to center the rights of cannabis customers and the Mexican marijuana sector.

Final week, Morena Celebration legislators presented a draft of legislation that would legalize adult use cannabis. But cannabis advocates have bridled at some of the plan’s particulars, and a coalition of marijuana customer groups sent a letter in response to Morena Senate leaders voicing their issues in the hope that the draft would be revised by the time it tends to make it to a floor vote.

At a protest in front of the Mexican Senate creating, marijuana activist Leopoldo Rivera holds a list of his coalition’s demands/ Caitlin Donohue

Activists Voice Their Issues

Amongst the group’s key problems are the requirement of a license for people to develop their personal cannabis and even possess seeds restrictions on the size of cannabis clubs and on what sorts of cannabis-primarily based goods will be obtainable on the recreational industry insufficient protections for Mexican entrepreneurs inside the new sector and weak decriminalization measures for cannabis possession.

Mexico’s healthcare cannabis legislation does not at present authorize any production of the plant inside the nation, forcing healthcare cannabis customers to buy cannabis goods that have been manufactured elsewhere, largely the United States and Canada. Critics say this has offered foreign corporations an unfair head start out in the country’s cannabis sector.

“The document they have offered us comes from worry, from prejudices, and stigmas,” activist Jaciel Espinosa of Xochipilli Cannabis Club told reporters at a Thursday afternoon press conference though demonstrators blocked the visitors’ entrance of the Mexican Senate behind him. “The law focuses on criminalizing and persecuting the plant and its customers,” added Pepe Rivera of the Mexican Institute of Cannabis.

All through Thursday afternoon and evening, musicians and speakers alternated on a compact stage adorned with a sign proclaiming “Mexico Planta.” (“Mexico Plants.”) At four:20 p.m., activist asked to enter the Senate creating and when they have been denied access, opted to block the visitors’ gates completely though speakers addressed a crowd of reporters. The camp was scheduled to continue by means of the finish of Friday.

President López Obrador campaigned on the premise that the regulation of drugs could cut down the violence of the war on drugs, which is on track to record casualties in 2019. The situation has been of specific concern soon after a higher profile shootout among government forces and the Sinaloa Cartel that led to the capture and subsequent release of the son of incarcerated narco leader “El Chapo” Guzman.

Cannabis activist Leopoldo Rivera told members of the press that the only Senator who had visited the plantón that week had been Patricia Mercado. Mercado has been one particular of the major voices in the Mexican legislature for expanding cannabis access, and has also pushed for the Division of Well being to clarify its regulations with regards to medicinal marijuana.

Rivera stated Mercado was specifically concerned about the legislation draft’s absolute ban of the use of marijuana by pregnant girls. “Every individual is the owner of her personal physique,” stated Rivera. “That clause appears specifically invasive and unacceptable.”

The Morena Celebration has indicated that it will attempt to get the proposed legislation to a floor vote by the finish of the month. Celebration leaders say that by the finish of the year, they hope to pass a law regulating all sorts of drugs.

But it appears clear that till the nation has a regulation program that centers the rights of cannabis customers and Mexican sector, activists will continue to blow smoke at the authorities. Immediately after decades of the national push for cannabis legalization, they’re in the final lap and they want this race to finish powerful. “Los pachecos unidos jamás serán vencidos,” they chanted, nonetheless getting denied access to the Senate floor. English translation: Stoners united will by no means be divided.