Cannabis must be added to the North American Free Trade Agreement identical to some other type of produce, says former Mexican President Vicente Fox.
Fox, who sits on the board of Toronto-based medical marijuana producer Khiron Life Sciences Corp., stated he expects Mexico’s new authorities to legalize leisure hashish in 2019. The nation legalized medical pot in 2017.
Fox has lengthy advocated for authorized hashish, arguing that it’ll assist defeat the cartel violence that has plagued Mexico for years.
“We can change criminals for businessmen, we can change underground, illegal non-taxpayers into an industry, a sector of the economy,” he stated Thursday in an interview in Toronto, the place he met with Khiron’s board. “I think it should be part of NAFTA and that’s what I’m pursuing.”
If that occurs, Mexico might develop into a serious exporter of authorized hashish to the U.S. and Canadian markets, Fox stated.
“On vegetables, on fruits, on avocados, Mexico produces and provides up to 70 percent of the U.S. and Canadian market so we are efficient in producing, we’re efficient in farming and we’re low-cost and competitive,” he stated.
Canada is at present locked in negotiations on revamping NAFTA after the U.S. and Mexico signed a preliminary deal on Monday.