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Mexico: Congress to Hold Hearings on Marijuana Consumption and Legalization

(Feb. 3, 2016) The President of Mexico’s Permanent Commission of the Federal Congress, Jesús Zambrano, announced in late December 2015 that the two chambers of the Federal Congress would hold public hearings on the consumption of marijuana and related legal issues, including legalization, between January 25 and February 17, 2016. Both chambers agreed on November 30, 2015, to the specific issues with which the hearings will deal; these issues include the use of cannabis from the perspectives of human rights and international regulations, medicinal and therapeutic uses of the drug, prison overcrowding, consumers’ health, public security, and monitoring of black market sales of the substance.  (Dan Fechas para Debate de Mariguana, REFORMA (Dec. 28, 2015) (by subscription).)

Other issues to be discussed are national security, the challenges for the state involved in regulating the use of marijuana, budgetary impacts, and the creation of indicators that would allow constant evaluation of the effectiveness of implemented public policies on marijuana. (Id.)