Citing “unprecedented” stress from organizations attempting to influence Mexico’s cannabis legislation, voting on a bill to totally legalize marijuana – like its recreational use – will be delayed, according to media reports.
Ricardo Monreal, president of the Senate’s Political Coordination Board (Jucopo) – a governing physique of the chamber – told Milenio the bill “won’t be voted on this week, as was planned.
“It was the intention to approve it on Tuesday,” he continued, “but that is not going to occur.”
Monreal said the bill will be discussed in “the 1st weeks of November,” La Jornada reported.
In addition, Monreal mentioned Jucopo will now guarantee that lobbying in the Senate remains beneath handle.
He mentioned the physique would “shield” legislators from external influences, according to Excelsior.
The duty of the bill would stay inside the combined commissions of Justice, Well being and Legislative Research.
Supreme Court gets prepared
The Senate asked for an extension to the Supreme Court’s deadline to legalize cannabis, El Heraldo reported.
But the Supreme Court is preparing a basic declaration of unconstitutionality if the Senate does not approve a law just before the finish of the month, Excelsior reported Monday.
If the Senate does not reform the laws, the Supreme Court could just remove from the legislation articles it considers unconstitutional.
This would properly let property-developing but not generate a regulated industrial market place.
Nonetheless, uncertainty also reigns in the court.
According to Excelsior, at least eight members of the Supreme Court are required to vote favorably. Six currently declared to be in favor, but one particular declared to be against, and there’s uncertainty about the remaining 3 votes.
Alfredo Pascual can be reached at [email protected]