The Mexican Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection took to Twitter on Monday (March 25) to ask citizens to share their opinions regarding whether recreational cannabis should be legalized in the country or not. The cabinet official oversees the federal police, intelligence services and prisons.
Less than 24 hours after the poll was initiated, 81 percent of all the respondents said that adult-use marijuana should be legalized while 19 percent said that it shouldn’t be legalized. More than 82,000 people had participated in this survey by that time, so those percentages should not be taken lightly.
It wasn’t immediately clear what the intention of the government was in doing the survey, and it is not clear what they will use the findings for. Whatever their reasons, the social media poll can be seen as further proof that the federal government in Mexico is serious about reforming its marijuana laws.
Last year, one senator tabled a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in the country. That senator is now the Interior Secretary of the country.
Shortly afterwards, the Senate released a report listing the different aspects that lawmakers should keep in mind when drafting a bill to legalize recreational marijuana. These included product labeling, age-restrictions, modes of consumption to be allowed, THC limits, and so many others.
That report didn’t make any specific recommendations about what the law should stipulate. Instead, it outlined the different areas that the proposed legislation should cover. This report was based on what other jurisdictions around the world have looked at while drafting their own marijuana legalization laws.
It should also be remembered that in 2018, Mexican cabinet members visited Canada in order to talk to officials there about the Canadian recreational cannabis legalization program.
This cabinet visit took place shortly before the Supreme Court in Mexico made a ruling that it was unconstitutional to ban the consumption of marijuana by adults.
The Twitter poll may therefore be regarded as something that will further galvanize the lawmakers to discuss the legalization bill with the knowledge that the public is solidly in support of the legislation.
However, it should be noted that social media polls cannot in any way be seen as representative or scientific, so any findings collected from such a poll may not stand up to rigorous scrutiny. Nevertheless, the cannabis industry, including Sproutly Canada, Inc. (OTCQB: SRUTF) (CSE: SPR) (FRA: 38G) and Sugarmade, Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) regard the poll by a cabinet member as a signal that robust discussions are taking place to decide what form cannabis legalization in Mexico takes.
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