On December 15, Mexico lawmakers will be deciding whether or not to pass legislation to end cannabis prohibition. The session will take place under a direct order from the Mexico Supreme Court which ruled that cannabis restrictions were unconstitutional.
Activists have taken what may be considered extreme steps in order to get the lawmaker’s attention. Steps away from the nation’s Senate of the Republic headquarters, activists have been cultivating a luscious cannabis garden for the past nine months. It’s a friendly reminder, some may say, to the natural right we all have to this plant.
However, Mexico’s need for legalization goes beyond natural rights. For decades, the drug cartels have taken full control of the cannabis market. Their actions have had such a deadly impact on Mexican communities, that legalization could actually make the country safer.
Not to mention, if Mexico were to legalize cannabis for recreational purposes, it’s been predicted to be the largest legal cannabis markets in the world.
The biggest issues concerning Mexico’s legalization are the little questions:
- Who should control the market?
- How simply can consumers purchase and use marijuana?
- Should the 200,000 families currently growing it be protected?
Ultimately, the question becomes, who gets to profit from cannabis legalization? While we can’t confirm anything, it’s expected that private companies will have the right to sell cannabis products to the public.
Activists still have their concerns over the early drafts of the legislation. More notably, the regulations would place favor for big businesses. This can be seen in the desire to control the cannabis market from seed-to-sale. In turn, there would be a number of expensive testing protocols.
As Pepe Rivera, a member of the Mexican Cannabis Movement, told the Los Angeles Times, “They’re not thinking about users. They’re thinking about the industry.”
We’re seeing similar concerns in the United States as well, with the likes of big agriculture taking control of larger cannabis markets, such as Colorado and California.