Medical Cannabis Is Completely Legal In Mexico: Now What?

In our last post, we notified you on the publication of the brand-new Laws on Sanitary Control for the Production, Research Study and Medical Usage of Cannabis and Its Medicinal Derivatives (the “Medical Laws”). In this post, we offer a summary of what the Medical Laws will deal with and what it possibly suggests to your organization.

As anticipated, the Medical Laws handle the control, promo and hygienic guidance of basic materials, medicinal derivatives and medications. Controlled activities consist of:

  • Main production for making supply;
  • Basic material generation for research study and seed production;
  • Health and medicinal research study;
  • Production of medicinal derivatives and medications and medical activities associated with medical diagnoses, restorative, rehab and palliative care;
  • Importation, exportation and marketing.

Activities gotten in touch with all of the above will be licensed through licenses or licenses, and the Laws offer the requirements to acquire them. Amongst the activities that will be licensed formally for the very first time are:

  • Quality assurance labs
  • Growing for research study and commercial functions
  • Cannabis research study procedures
  • Processing, transportation, import (both for markets and for self-consumption)
  • Export
  • Issuance of cannabis– associated prescriptions
  • Set-up of facilities allowed to offer medical cannabis items

The guidelines clarify that COFEPRIS (Federal Commission for the Defense versus Hygienic Threats) will not be the only company to handle. Although COFEPRIS will stay the primary company associated with cannabis– associated applications, other firms are likewise charged with analyzing and using these Medical Laws, together with providing licenses and licenses. All of this suggests additional time and expenses that business need to factor into their organization prepare for Mexico.

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That stated, there is now a much clearer roadmap towards carrying out legal cannabis– associated activities in Mexico, although the Medical Laws have actually participated in force without a particular charge schedule for the licenses or licenses consisted of (aside from the particular charges are offered in the Federal Charges Law ( Ley Federal de Derechos)). Since the Medical Laws’ temporal posts mandate execution without affecting firms’ existing budget plan for this , it appears particular that a charge schedule will be included quickly.

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Now, although the Laws execute a federal law (the General Health Law) and are for that reason suitable in the entire nation, health-related licenses and licenses are connected to the residence specified in an application. There is a difference to be made here: for some activities, like growing or processing, the Laws specifically or impliedly enable efficiency in numerous States, as long as you get a license for each place. In other cases, a single permit/license, though connected to a residence, will cover the activity, despite where it is carried out (e.g. transport).

It is likewise crucial to keep in mind that licensees can offer to other licensees listed below them in the supply chain for medical, research study and improvement functions. For example, grow licensees can offer to processor licenses, while processor licensees can offer to supplier licensees. Cannabis can not be offered to the public, conserve through certified facilities. This suggests that if you, as a client, require to import medical cannabis items for your treatment, you get an unique import authorization revealing your prescription, at which point you might buy easily (although purchasing online and having item sent out to you through mail/parcel is restricted).

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Lastly, the Medical Laws attend to the guideline and licensing of facilities that offer medical attention and sell cannabis items. These will consist of drug stores or other specific medical and restorative facilities, however not more basic (i.e. benefit) shops. The Medical Laws even more offer that licenses licensing facilities will be restored upon expiration in accordance with other pertinent guidelines executing the General Health Law, however do not attend to a license expiration date from the start.

Adrián is a lawyer at Harris Bricken and supervises the company’ ss Mexico practice, where he assists business on US-Mexico cross border legal matters, consisting of cannabis law matters, Latin American and European business on China and International Law problems, and regional business with worldwide and domestic organization deals. This post initially appeared on Canna Law Blog Site and has actually been reposted with approval.

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