Mark Kelly, the Arizona Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, said in a local news interview this week that he supports legalizing marijuana for adults in Arizona via the Prop 207 ballot initiative. Prop 207 would legalize marijuana possession and use for adults 21 and older.
“I think I’m going to vote yes” on Proposition 207, Kelly told news.
The former astronaut and Navy veteran is fighting to oust Republican Senator Martha McSally. In July, NORML graded McSally with a ‘D’ for her lack of support when it comes to marijuana.
When questioned about removing cannabis from the Schedule 1 Controlled Substance list, Kelly said, “Ya, based on my vote here in Arizona, I would seriously consider removing it.”
Kelly is married to former U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) and said they’ve “got a split household” when it comes to legalizing recreational cannabis.
Arizona’s southern neighbor will be legalizing recreational marijuana use this year. Mexico lawmakers have until December 15 to pass a marijuana bill.
Two years ago, the Mexico Supreme Court decided that a ban on marijuana was unconstitutional and ordered Mexican lawmakers to legalize marijuana, LA Times reported.
After years of poor drug policies that fueled cartel wars, the country will likely become one of the biggest legal cannabis markets in the world.
The approaching deadline has increased debates over what cannabis legalization should look like in Mexico and who will benefit from it.
A bill that would allow companies to sell cannabis to the public, limit home cultivation to six plants, and require consumers to obtain a license from the government is expected to pass in the Senate this month and then head to the lower house of Congress.
“There has been a lot of interference … transnational companies that have wanted to influence our decisions,” said Senate leader Ricardo Monreal. “But we make the final decision.”
Mexico’s political parties all believe that marijuana legalization will reduce the cartels’ violence throughout the country.
Almost 50% of the country’s inmates are imprisoned for drug crimes. Nearly 60% are imprisoned for marijuana possession and, in many cases, for possession of less than $25 worth of the drug.
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