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Sound off on NOM 70 and 199!

The CRM doesn’t have a way to publicly comment on the recent release of NOM 70 so we’ve created this Change.org petition to express support for it. As you’ll see it’s most textly from our earlier blog post on the issue. We support 70 because it achieves most of the goals that the mezcal world, from small palenqueros to global consumers, have articulated over the past three years during the drafting and discussion process. Here is Hipocrates’ letter introducing it. Here is the full text of the proposal. So, definitely sign the petition and we’ll pass the results onto Hipocrates Nolasco, head of the CRM. It’s really important that you sign it so don’t be shy and distribute it far and wide on FaceBook, email, Twitter, and in your bar side conversations.

Then, tell us what you think in the comments section of this post or on our Facebook page here. We’ll also package those comments up and pass them onto Hipocrates in order to provide nuance and context to the petition.

Then there’s 199, here’s the full textWe oppose it and think it’s patently ridiculous for reasons Experience Mezcal’s Clayton Szczech details here. Basically it feels like another power grab that would completely disenfranchise people. The fact that it was released on the same day of NOM 70 is incredibly suspicious but it’s technically still a proposal. Per Clayton’s post in early December:

The proposal has been submitted by the Mexican Secretary of the Economy for publication in the Diario Oficial(similar to the US Congressional Record). It may be published as soon as mid-December. Once published, there were will be a 60-day public comment period.

So we’ll definitely be keeping a close watch on what happens with it and will report back to you as soon as we hear more. If necessary we’ll be part of the opposition to it. For now feel free to sound off in our comments and FaceBook page.

Max co-founded Mezcalistas with Susan way back in 2012. Before that he was a journalist at Salon.com and The San Francisco Chronicle.


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