Key Mexican Senate committees on Wednesday approved a bill to legalize marijuana nationwide—and a full floor is expected soon.
The joint panels gave initial consent to advance the legislation during a virtual hearing on Friday, and have now reconvened in person to formally push it to a floor vote.
The bill, which was circulated in draft form earlier this month and has since been further amended, would establish a regulated cannabis market in Mexico, allowing adults 18 and older to purchase and possess up to 28 grams of marijuana and cultivate up to four plants for personal use.
Most of the amendments that have been added since the prior virtual hearing are technical in nature. However, there was a notable revision to make it so people who grow cannabis for personal use will not be subject to a requirement to have regulators track plants.
Members of the Senate’s Justice, Health, and Legislative Studies Committees approved the proposal, months after passing an earlier version. A full vote in the chamber could come as soon as Thursday.