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Mexico: Lawmakers Approve Legislation Permitting Medical Cannabis Access

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Mexico Medical Cannabis Access

Mexico City, Mexico: Mexican lawmakers have approved legislation to regulate the use of medical cannabis products. The legislation awaits action from President Enrique Peña Nieto, who has spoken in favor of the measure.

It eliminates criminal prohibitions related to the cultivation of marijuana for therapeutic purposes and authorizes the Health Ministry to design regulations for the use, importation, and production of pharmaceutical products derived from CBD-dominant/low-THC cannabis. Currently, CBD-infused products may be imported into the country on a case by case basis.

Mexican lawmakers in 2009 decriminalized the personal possession of up to five grams of cannabis. Last year, President Nieto proposed legislation to increase this threshold to one ounce.

In 2015, Mexico's Supreme Court ruled that federal anti-drug laws should not trump individuals' rights to grow and consume cannabis for their own personal use.

For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org.