The Trump administration on Tuesday approved legislation that would legalize the use of marijuana in Mexico, the first step toward legalizing the drug in the nation.
The White House said the measure passed by Congress on Monday “sets the stage for Mexico to move toward a more just and sustainable model.”
The measure would create a legal system based on the principles of a federal system, according to the White House, which noted the measure was not expected to be enacted into law for years.
The measure is not expected ever to be voted on by the Mexican Senate.
The measure, which has not yet gone through committee, comes as President Donald Trump has pushed for greater marijuana legalization across the country.