Here’s the Scoop on Legal Cannabis in Mexico.
by Dan Larkin.
Are you going on vacay? Here’s the scoop on legal cannabis in Mexico. It turns out it’s basically already legal but it’s about to become really legal. Okay, I know that sounds a little murky so let me explain.
You see, Mexico is in the news right now because they could legalize adult-use cannabis through their legislative body this week. In fact, that might have already happened by the time you read this.
What are the specifics regarding legal cannabis in Mexico?
Specifically, several Mexican Senate committees introduced draft legislation recently. It would make their country the third major nation to legalize cannabis for adults 18 and over. The other two are Canada and Uruguay.
But, regardless of the eventual conclusion of that legislative action, the Mexican Supreme Court has already asserted on five separate occasions that the prohibition on cannabis use and possession is unconstitutional.
Why is the number “5” important?
In Mexico, it turns out that the fifth time is the charm. Once there are five similar rulings, the ruling becomes the de facto law of the land. So, now the only thing left for the Senate is the establishment of the rules and regulations. How will they govern the legal growth, manufacturing, sale, and possession of cannabis in Mexico?
What will Mexico’s rules and regulations look like?
First of all, we know that the legal age in Mexico for cannabis purchases and possession will be 18 years of age. That’s significant because it’s three years younger than Canada’s legal age. Since Mexico has more than three times the population of Canada it means it’s potentially a much bigger market.
Also, we can assume that cannabis consumption will only be legal in private residences. That’s a lot like the laws in Canada and in legal US states. (Although, as you can read here, the US has recently opened its first public cannabis cafe.)
A few other things to expect, the packaging will be very plain with no brand images. Also, cannabis-infused beverages and edibles will only be available to medical cannabis patients in Mexico.
Oh, and it looks like they’ll hold foreign investment in any sector of the industry to 20%. Plus, they’ll give licensing and permitting priority to low-income individuals, farmers, and indigenous peoples.
Stay tuned for more specifics as soon as we get word that Mexico has formally and officially legalized cannabis. Until then, don’t forget to pack the sunscreen.