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Mexico became one step closer to legalising marijuana.
The country’s lower house of Congress approved a bill on Wednesday that would decriminalize cannabis for recreational, medical and scientific uses.
The bill, backed by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, was approved by 316-127 votes.
It now goes to the Senate where, if passed, would create one of the world’s largest markets for the plant and be a major shift for a country bedeviled by cartel violence.
The law would open five types of marijuana licenses: cultivation, transformation, sale, research and export or import of the plant.
People 18 years and older, and with a permit, would be able to grow, carry or consume marijuana and its derivatives.
Obrador’s ruling Morena party has argued that decriminalizing cannabis could help combat Mexico’s powerful drug cartels.
Some lawmakers want the law to go further.