Mexico: Pro-legalisation activists grow more than 400 marijuana plants outside Senate

Activists planted a large marijuana crop in front of the Mexican Senate building in Mexico City, demanding senators to legalise the self-cultivation and recreational use of cannabis ahead of a special hearing session on the matter next week. The sit-in called «420» (an informal way of referring to cannabis or to the act of smoking cannabis) held by the Mexican Cannabis Movement has begun last year and has grown by now more than 400 plants with some over 2,5 metres (82 ft) tall. «[This sit-in] is unique in the world because it is the only plantation in front of a federal government building protected by a local government due to the pandemic,» said Pepe Rivera, activist and spokesperson of the Mexican Cannabis Movement, on Sunday. «We are about to plant 1,500 more plants to make a psychoactive hemp crop that would be hemp for personal use, not for industrial use,» he added. The movement demands the legalisation of non-profit cultivation, possession, dignified treatment and public spaces for safe and regulated consumption. It also accuses the Senate of contempt for the ruling of the Supreme Court, which set December 15 as the deadline for Congress to legalise marijuana, considering its prohibition unconstitutional. «In the personal alcohol cellars there are no limits, there is no limit in how many cigarettes you can carry and if cannabis is less dangerous, why should they limit us?,» asked Rivera.

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