Mexico close to legalizing recreational marijuana

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Mexico’s lower house of Congress on Wednesday passed a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana — paving the way for a regulated market in a country long-dominated by drug cartels. The bill, which was approved by a vote of 316 to 127, now heads to the Senate where it is all but certain to pass. The ruling Morena party of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a backer of the bill, controls both chambers of Congress. “Today we are making history,” Simey Olvera, a member of the Morena party, said Wednesday. “With this, the false belief that cannabis forms part of Mexico’s serious health problems is left behind,” said Olvera, who was wearing a mask emblazoned with marijuana leaves. The bill applies to people 18 and older. They would need to obtain a permit to legally grow, carry or consume marijuana.

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