Mexico Publishes Rules on Medicinal Cannabis Use, Creating World’s Largest Legal Market

The health ministry of Mexico published rules for the regulation of the production and use of medicinal cannabis last Jan. 12, which would create the world’s biggest legal cannabis market.

The health ministry of Mexico published rules for the regulation of the production and use of medicinal cannabis last Jan. 12, which would create the world’s biggest legal cannabis market.

Signed by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the new regulation secures the legal operation of the cannabis industry in Mexico as it allows companies to legally grow marijuana in Mexico for medicinal purposes. However, they have to obtain a permit from the National Service of Health, Safety, and Quality (SENASINCA), which would register the holder in the National Registry.

The new rules also allow pharmaceutical companies to conduct medical research on cannabis products, but they have to obtain a permit issued by the Federal Commission for the Protection Against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS), the health regulator in the Latin American country. Furthermore, pharmaceutical research has to be conducted in strictly controlled laboratories.

The regulations also require pharmacies, drug stores, and other selling points to record all patients.

COFEPRIS, together with the health ministry, is in charge of administering and implementing the new regulations while SENASINCA will head the regulations.

The new regulations come three years after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of cannabis use, stating that the marijuana prohibition law was unconstitutional.

Lawmakers are also in the process of passing a bill that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana. It is expected to pass in the next period of Congress.

Meanwhile, exporting cannabis grown in Mexico is still prohibited,.


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