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420 marijuana plants found growing outside Mexican Senate

420 marijuana plants found growing outside Mexican Senate
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Mexico City's warm and rainy summer climate helped spur the growth of a crop of marijuana plants outside the country's Senate, according to news reports.

The reports noted 420 of the plants were found growing in a small park outside the Senate in Mexico City and news spread over social media. The plants were seeded by pro-legalization protesters earlier this year, according to a report by local daily 24 Horas.

The activists who originally planted the seeds are lobbying for the country to legalize marijuana and called the plants the "first non-clandestine plantation."

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The country's Congress is in the midst of negotiations to pass a law legalizing a marijuana industry, with activists extolling the plant as a potential economic boon and a way to partially defund the country's violent drug cartels.

Personal use of the drug has been decriminalized to an extent in the country since 2009, but growing and trading the plant is still a federal felony.

The movement to legalize marijuana has gained strength in Mexico, particularly as U.S. states have legalized its use and cartel violence has increased.

Despite increasing marijuana production in states like California and Colorado, Mexico remains the most significant international source of the drug in the United States, according to the 2019 Drug Enforcement Administration National Drug Threat Assessment.