The Mexican Senate’s parliamentary commissions of justice, overall health and legislative study had a specific joint meeting to deliver updates on the upcoming legalization of marijuana.

Through the meeting, Senator Julio Ramón Menchaca Salazar, president of the Justice Commission, emphasized that the Senate’s deadline to legalize is Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Senator Damián Zepeda Vidales of the Justice Commission asked for “reasonable time” to evaluate the bill, when it becomes out there.

The trouble is that regardless of the deadline getting much less than two weeks away, there remains at least a dozen unique proposals.

Earlier this month, lower residence majority leader Mario Martín Delgado Carrillo introduced a new bill that would make a state monopoly through a public enterprise named Cannsalud. Final month, Menchaca Salazar introduced a bill that would legalize domestic expanding.

On the other hand, regional business sources that spoke with Marijuana Organization Everyday are confident the bill that is getting provided priority is the one particular filed nearly a year ago by Olga Sanchez Cordero, then a senator, now secretary of the interior, but with important modifications. The Senate went via a course of action of public feedback and elements from other bills are nevertheless getting regarded as.

Menchaca mentioned that ahead of the specific meeting, the combined commissions produced “significant progress” with a draft, without having revealing particulars of what that draft involves.

The combined commissions have an “intense week” ahead, he mentioned, and promised to present the final draft on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Senators will then have just 4 days to evaluate the bill ahead of voting the following Wednesday.

The reduce chamber will also have to approve the bill.

Simply because the government holds majorities in each homes of congress, no important opposition is anticipated.

This week, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador mentioned that legalizing marijuana is not his government’s priority, adding uncertainty to an currently confusing predicament.

Alfredo Pascual can be reached at [email protected]