Mexico’s Senate approved a bill to legalize marijuana nationally on Thursday.
Before it can become law it must also be passed by the other body of the country’s Congress, the Chamber of Deputies.
The legislation, which was circulated in draft form earlier this month, would establish a regulated cannabis market in Mexico, allowing adults 18 and older to purchase and possess up to 28 grams of marijuana and cultivate up to six plants for personal use.
Sesión ordinaria de la Cámara de Senadores, del 19 de noviembre de 2020 https://t.co/dUmavg2NSD
— Senado de México (@senadomexicano) November 19, 2020
Several changes included in a last-minute amendment added on the Senate floor are technical in nature. However, there were a number of notable revisions, such as an increase from the initial limit of four self-cultivated plants per person and to make it so people who grow cannabis for personal use will not be subject to a requirement to have regulators track plants.
An additional change mandates that the government clear criminal records of people with past cannabis convictions within six months.
Lawmakers also removed a prohibition on owning more than one type of marijuana license, allowing for vertical integration of cannabis businesses. A previous version of the bill would have only allowed people from vulnerable communities to hold more than one license type.