Congresswoman lights up on TikTok to celebrate legalization

Published Nov 28, 2020 10:00 a.m. ET
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How bad is bad enough to be concerned? Should an assemblywoman from Puebla, Mexico, who supports a Senate decision regarding cannabis in Mexico have her TikTok banned? Celebrating the bill that will pave the green path to the legalization of cannabis in Mexico has resulted in the suspension of Nay Salvatori’s TikTok account.

She says that she did not inhale, and the congresswoman claims that her video was just a way of celebrating the bill to legalize cannabis in Mexico. Nay Salvatori claims that the cannabis pipe she was using in the video was empty and that she was pretending. She acted the part by pretending to light and smoke cannabis through a bong while “Light my Fire” by the Doors, played in the background.

Well, what is Tiktok, and who cares?

TikTok is a short-term video app that enables all of us to communicate with other people globally through music. The mission of TikTok is to inspire creativity while bringing joy. So, one has to wonder why TikTok banned Nay Salvatori for being creative and spreading joy to Mexico's cannabis community during such oppressive times.

The revoking of access to Salvatori's accounts was for violating the platforms community guidelines, which prohibit users from sharing any content that displays drugs or their consumption. Other reasons for the suspension of accounts include the mere encouragement to try a drug or controlled substance, but should we really care?

Deadlines

Lawmakers are looking forward to securing the bill's final approval. The approval will occur before the end of the current congressional session, which ends December 15, 2020. Overwhelming support came from President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's party, which holds a majority in both Congress chambers.

Rules

Legalizing cannabis would permit users to possess up to 28 grams. This law would also allow users to grow up to six plants at their homes. If the house has two legal aged people, the number of legal plants that can be grown on a single property increases to eight plants. Under these new rules, adults would be permitted to purchase cannabis from authorized businesses.

Products sold through authorized cannabis businesses need to follow the maximum allowance of psychoactive ingredients. Children are also not allowed to be involved in the sale or cultivation of cannabis, and marijuana use while driving will still be illegal, but Mexicans will finally be able to legally buy and consume the substance.

Negative views

Damien Zepeda, the National Action Party Senate Minority leader, does not have the same views as Salvatori. His legislators oppose the bill stating that “It is not the Mexico that we want for our children and citizens children." He further says that in his opinion that soon neighbours will be smoking, and the smell will be reaching your children, but it appears that there will be no way out of this.

Final thoughts

Nay Salvatori is a member of the Social Encounter Party, which represents the 10th district of Puebla. The 35-year-old supporter of legalization has been lobbying for cannabis in Mexico to be legal, which is why she was happy to celebrate the landslide outcome in the Senate. She recently wrote in a statement that no smoke came out of the pipe because she had nothing to burn. However, she does love the fact that her tweets burn.

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