Mexico will allow the import and sale of cannabis-infused medicine, food, beverages, and cosmetics starting in 2018, the nation’s health regulator announced this week. The first products could go on sale within months.
A ruling by Mexico’s Supreme Court in 2015 opened the door to medical legalization. In June 2017, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto legalized cannabis for medicinal use after overwhelming support from Mexico’s lower house of Congress.
As Leafly reported earlier this year:
The decree was issued by the president today and specifies that the Ministry of Health will be tasked with drafting and implementing the regulations of “public policies regulating the medicinal use of pharmacological derivatives of cannabis sativa, indica and Americana or marijuana, including tetrahydrocannabinol, its isomers and stereochemical variants, as well as how to regulate the research and national production of them.”
Recreational use remains illegal in the country.
This week’s announcement is