Mexico to Legalize Marijuana-Based Products in Early 2018

According to health regulators in Mexico, the nation will legalize the sale of marijuana-based medicines, foods, drinks, cosmetics and other products early next year.

Arturo Tornel, spokesman for health regulator Cofepris, said that the agency plans to formally publish the regulation for pot-based goods within days, allowing those items to enter the Mexico market as soon as a month later, reports Reuters. Tornel notes that Cofepris expects distributors and retailers to import the items, with some companies eventually producing items in Mexico using marijuana grown abroad. The regulation does not apply to sales of pure marijuana.

Supporters of the move expect that it will help to reduce the wealth of drug cartels, which use marijuana as a major source of income.

Read moreMexico to Legalize Marijuana-Based Products in Early 2018

Mexico Supreme Court May Legalize Cannabis, Consideration Set for October 28th

mexico supreme courtTomorrow, October 28th, the Mexico Supreme Court will take the historic step of considering the legalization of recreational cannabis. The court will be deciding whether or not it’s unconstitutional for the nation to prohibit possession and cultivation of the plant.

“This debate in Mexico’s Supreme Court is extraordinary for two reasons: because it is being argued on human rights grounds, and because it is taking place in one of the countries that has suffered the most from the war on drugs”, says Hannah Hetzer of the Drug Policy Alliance. “In the eight years since former President Felipe Calderon ramped up the militarized response to drugs and trafficking, the surge of violence has led to the death of 100,000 people and the disappearance of 25,000 in Mexico.”

Read moreMexico Supreme Court May Legalize Cannabis, Consideration Set for October 28th

Mexico Supreme Court to Consider Legalizing Recreational Cannabis

Mexico's Supreme Court.
Mexico’s Supreme Court.

On October 28, the Mexico Supreme Court is set to discuss a proposal that would effectively legalize the possession, use and production of cannabis for recreational purposes.

According to Reuters, judges will vote on whether to declare unconstitutional parts of a federal health law prohibiting the growth and consumption of cannabis after a nonprofit group filed an injunction against a 2013 decision by health regulator Cofepris. According to documents on the supreme court’s website, the hearing date is set for October 28.

Read moreMexico Supreme Court to Consider Legalizing Recreational Cannabis