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On November 4, residents in 5 U.S. states may get up to newly-approved measures to legalize leisure or medical hashish. It seems November may be a giant month for Argentina, with reports indicating {that a} invoice to legalize leisure marijuana use will likely be launched subsequent month in Argentina’s Congress. The invoice is being drafted by Socialist Deputy Enrique Estévez (who, for followers of Argentine politics, will not be a part of President Alberto Fernández’ left-leaning coalition; the Socialist Celebration caucuses with opposition political teams).

At present, Argentina is ready for brand new rules on medical hashish, which was legalized in 2017, as we mentioned in Malbec and Medical Cannabis: Have Them Both in Argentina. Estévez’ invoice would decriminalize leisure hashish use and permit residence cultivation of as much as 480 grams per yr. Not coincidentally, sources near Estévez are drawing parallels between the proposal and neighboring Uruguay’s current framework. Uruguay’s personal cannabis law additionally establishes a 480-gram annual restrict for residence growers (to be taught extra about Uruguay’s hashish framework, hearken to our International Regulation and Enterprise Podcast interview with Dr. Rodolfo Perdomo). Nevertheless, whereas Uruguay aspires to grow to be a hashish export and research powerhouse, Estévez’ imaginative and prescient for hashish in Argentina seems modest, targeted on public well being and private alternative considerations.

Sources near the legislator have clarified that the intention is to maintain manufacturing at a small scale. Not surprisingly, the socialist Estévez doesn’t look like pondering of hashish’ enterprise potential. In truth, the identical sources warn that decriminalizing will not be sufficient, and that the state should guarantee secure entry to hashish, in an effort to preserve customers away from drug traffickers. Entry to hashish will likely be by “residence rising or growers golf equipment” or “by entry to a regulated market with strict controls, on a small scale, by which associations, cooperatives and state-owned enterprises take part.”

Curiously, Estévez represents the province of Santa Fe, which has seen fairly a little bit of hashish legislative exercise lately. The provincial senate is contemplating medical hashish laws authorized by the decrease chamber that might enable residence rising. In the meantime, the federal government of Santa Fe’s eponymous capital is anticipated to quickly subject implementing rules for an ordinance that established a registry for medical hashish customers and growers.