Mexican Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

Article by Joanna Zuckerman Bernstein, Reuters

Mexico’s Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill on Tuesday that would allow for the use of medical marijuana, in a further step toward outright legalization in a country long wracked by warring drug cartels.

The bill, part of a proposal that President Enrique Pena Nieto submitted to Congress earlier this year, must also be passed by Mexico’s lower house to become law.

The measure passed 98-7.

Since a court ruling last year, the government has allowed the importation on a case-by-case basis of medicine with cannabidiol (CBD), an active chemical ingredient of the drug.

The bill passed on Tuesday envisages permitting use of products containing the psychoactive ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

The measure would also allow for production of marijuana for scientific and medicinal purposes.

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