Mexico’s Senators are mulling over a move to request the postponement of the Supreme Court deadline to authorize cannabis. This comes after the Senators determined that a reform ascending through the chamber has several issues and might be unconstitutional.
In late 2018, a court gave a verdict concluding that America’s cannabis criminalization is unconstitutional and mandated Legislators to implement the amendment. The original deadline to enact that amendment was late 2019. However, senators have frequently requested to postpone the deadline due to various issues, and the Supreme Court has conceded each request.
Senators have noted that the reform as it is currently is crucially internally conflicted on provisions related to legal possession thresholds, hemp definition, and other concerns. Also, legislators could be criminally liable if it’s enacted as initially drafted.
The controversial legislation arose within the Senate, which approved it late last year. The Deputies Chamber then made several changes, passed the legislation in March 2021 before sending it back to the senators for final discussions. This week as the reform was passed a pair of Senate commissions, there have been hints of inconsistencies between the Senators. However, irrespective of that progress, there’s another deadline postponement in the air.
According to an Excelsior report, the Senate’s Director’s Board formally requested the court late Wednesday for extra time to tackle the marijuana bill’s provisions. On Thursday, a top legislator disclosed that the report isn’t true and they’re still contemplating on whether to file a request.
The high-ranking senator also pointed out the importance of Legislators spending sufficient time to create a good reform and not hurry amidst lobbying efforts from pharmaceutical and tobacco sector interests.
He said that they must not keep away from pressure by interests, adding that the Senate has to tackle the matter with great wit.