Mexico cannabis regulation will trigger economic development of farmers

Senator José Narro Céspedes said that cannabis regulation is an opportunity for farmers to get out of poverty

The sector that has been most exposed in the course of the last 100 years due to the illegal production of cannabis has been agriculture

Senator José Narro Céspedes said that cannabis regulation is an opportunity for farmers to get out of poverty.

Narro Céspedes said that currently, most of the profits from the cultivation of marijuana are taken by organized crime.

“We want the benefits of planting also remain in the countryside, in rural people,” he said.

For this, he said, control of production and distribution must be taken away from organized crime and must be taken by the State. Cannabis will be a strong source of income for the country, however, the tax burden should not be so much so that the black market is not strengthened.

Opening the forum “Cannabis Cultivation in Mexico. Is legal peasant production possible? ”, The legislator of Morena said that the government should establish a mechanism for association with the peasants, which allows knowing the amount and destination of harvested marijuana, by issuing permits and establishing protocols

In order to establish control over production, he said, Mexico could be the first state in the world to have a certified cannabis seed bank. “Our country can be a great power in the matter at an international level,” he said.

In addition, he considered that attention should be paid to the other uses that may be given, whether medicinal or energetic. The elimination of the ban will allow the development of research exploring new functions of the plant, he said.

In turn, the president of the Justice Commission, Julio Menchaca Salazar, informed that about 12 initiatives are being synthesized in an opinion that will soon be submitted to debate by the United Commissions of Justice; Health; Legislative Studies, Second; and with contributions from Public Security; and of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development.

He indicated that one of the most analyzed factors for the creation of the initiative has been the pacification of the country because a certain fact is that the illegal production of this plant has constituted mafias with enormous economic power that caused it to Mexico violence and insecurity.

In addition, it will contemplate the prohibition to minors, under what conditions must be experienced in medical matters, the industrial production lines that should be strengthened, the fiscal aspect, among others. “You must make the rules of the game very clear to the population,” he said.

For this work, he informed, in recent weeks, in an Open Parliament exercise, forums, workshops and discussions have been held to generate an interlocution with different sectors of society, such as producers, farmers, entrepreneurs, doctors, and consumers.

Also, he denounced that the sector that has been most exposed in the course of the last 100 years for the illegal production of cannabis, has been agriculture. Either because of the extreme need, because there is no other crop that allows to get out of poverty; or when forced by organized crime, he detailed.

In turn, Deputy Max Agustín Correa Hernández, president of the Civil Protection Commission of the Congress of the State of Mexico, considered that this is a historic opportunity to leave behind what he called “hypocrisy” of society.

He suggested that the Senate include in the producer reform text, to recognize their rights and that they may benefit economically.

In this regard, Félix Castellanos Hernández, a peasant leader, proposed five points that should be integrated into the legal reform. He asked to create a national register of producers and a program of stimuli to producers, in addition to allocating five hectares of land for each producer family and the formation of an Institute for the study of production.

He made votes for cannabis to be legalized since it is a topic debated for decades. He informed that almost 100 thousand farmers are nationally imprisoned for issues related to marijuana and most have not even received a sentence.

The forum held at the Octavio Paz Auditorium of the Senate of the Republic was also attended by Senators Martha Lucía Micher Camarena and Blanca Estela Piña Gudiño, both from the Parliamentary Group of Morena.

Source: eldiariohermosillo, comunicacion.senado.gob.mx

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