The Mexican Supreme Court mandated an October 24 deadline for the national legalization of cannabis, and Senate committees have announced a draft of legislation that could finally make cannabis legal in the country. The bill would establish a government agency to oversee marijuana activities, and requires a special permission for home grows, which are capped at four plants per person.

Mounting violence in the country has cast an extra layer of urgency to cannabis legalization. Last week, Sinaloa cartel members routed the federal government in its aborted attempt to arrest imprisoned narco leader El Chapo’s son, causing civilian bloodshed in the city of Culiacán. This weekend, a legislative leader from President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Morena Party told reporters of a plan to combat narco dominance by regulating all drugs by the end of this year’s legislative session.

The proposed cannabis law shares much in common with that which was introduced last year by then-Senator and current Secretary of the Interior Olga Sánchez Cordero, with elements added from the multitude of legislative proposals that have been introduced by members of Morena since.

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