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Mon
23
Mar

Mexican legalization could leave U.S. cannabis companies between a rock and a hard place

Mexico is poised to make some noise in the legal cannabis industry.

With the country set to finalize the legalization of hemp and marijuana next month, Mexico will become the most populous place on the planet to have dropped the ban.

It may also spell bad news for the U.S., which still prohibits the drug at the federal level, as it will now be sandwiched between two countries with full legalization and regulation in place.

Thu
19
Mar

New cannabis law in Mexico criticized as restrictive on hemp

Mexican hemp stakeholders say a new cannabis law moving through the legislative process would significantly hamper hemp interests because it treats hemp the same as marijuana. The new law is now before Mexico’s full Senate after having been passed by the body’s commissions on justice, health and legislative studies.

“There´s no difference between the license that regulates marijuana and the license that regulates hemp,” said Raul Hector Elizalde Garza, a lawyer and President at Hempmeds, Latin America. That will significantly limit the development and sales of low-THC hemp products, Elizalde Garza said.

Tue
10
Mar

Mexican Senate to vote on marijuana legalization bill this week

Mexico’s marijuana legalization bill is gearing up for a vote in the country’s Senate after clearing three key commissions last week.

The Senate commissions of Justice, Health and Legislative Studies approved the draft bill in a vote of 26 against 7, as the April 30, 2020, deadline for the government to legalize cannabis draws closer.

Mexico’s Supreme Court initially granted lawmakers a 6-month deadline to draft legislation for legal weed but handed an extension after the government failed to hash out the framework.

The country’s highest court ruled in October of 2018 that the current ban on marijuana is unconstitutional.

Fri
06
Mar

Mexico Moves One Step Closer To Legalizing Cannabis

The United Commissions of Justice, Health and Legislative Studies of the Senate of Mexico approved a set of rules for the discussion of the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana by people over 18 years in the country. 

"What happened yesterday is that we passed from a ‘pre-ruling ' of sorts to a real set of rules around the discussion of the matter," explains Erick Ponce, president of the Cannabis Industry Promoter Group in an interview with Entrepreneur en Español. “This means that Mexico has just taken a big step around what would be the legalization of cannabis for all uses."

Wed
19
Feb

Countries Around the World Make Moves to Decriminalize Cannabis

In late 2019, a ruling by Italy's highest court struck down the prohibition against growing marijuana at home, ending a long legal dispute over that issue.

The court ruled that “at home, small-scale cultivation activities are to be considered excluded from the application of the penal code,” according to the New York Times.

Mon
27
Jan

Mexico Will Attempt to Legalize Marijuana in 2020

Mexico missed the Supreme Court’s deadline to submit the final marijuana legalization bill in October 2019. The Senate received 13 proposals last year. However, lawmakers couldn’t review and finalize a bill before the October 23 deadline. As a result, they asked the Supreme Court for an extension. Now, Mexico is ready with an amended proposal before the next deadline of April 30.

Tue
21
Jan

Mexican Senate Proposes Latest Draft For Cannabis Legalization

Over the weekend, Mexico took its latest step in what has become a seemingly interminable process towards the legalization of adult use cannabis. The country’s Senate published a draft of legislation that would regulate the consumption, production, harvest, packaging, distribution, and other facets of marijuana culture. 

Tue
07
Jan

Cannabis’s Unlikely Friend in the Fight for Reform: The Courts

The cannabis scene in Italy is changing quickly. As many as 1,000 shops selling low-THC, high-CBD products have appeared in major cities over the past few years, but cannabis is still definitely illegal: While possession is decriminalized and is punishable by a fine and some paperwork, sales can result in a six-year prison term and a 75,000 euro fine.

But let’s say you want to grow a little pot at home. That’s apparently now OK, though you might not find permission outlined in any law on the books. Permission to cultivate was instead granted recently by the country’s Supreme Court, which ruled on Dec. 19 that “small amounts grown domestically for the exclusive use of the grower” are perfectly acceptable.

Wed
06
Nov

Mexican lawmakers granted 6-month extension for passing marijuana legalization Bill

Mexico’s highest court pushed back the deadline for the country’s Congress to pass a bill legalizing marijuana after lawmakers requested an extension to continue working on the complex legislation. 

The new deadline is April 30, meaning lawmakers were granted another six months to produce legislation amid “unprecedented” pressure from various lobby groups. 

Senate Majority Leader Ricardo Monreal revealed last month that there had been significant attempts to influence the legalization bill, especially from multinational corporate interests. 

Mon
04
Nov

Mexico just missed its deadline to legalize marijuana -- Now what?

The marijuana industry has been hitting milestones and breaking down barriers throughout North America with regularity in recent years. To our north, Canada became the first industrialized country to give recreational marijuana the green light on Oct. 17, 2018. More recently, on the one-year anniversary date of this adult-use legalization, it officially implemented the rules and regulations that pertain to the sale of cannabis derivatives (e.g., edibles, vapes, infused beverages, concentrates, and topicals).

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