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Mexico Senate on Track to Endorse Recreational Cannabis by December

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Olga Sánchez Cordero, president of the Mexico Senate, expects rapid approval of recreational reform just south of the Rio Grande.

The discussion about cannabis reform, generally, if not of the recreational kind, has been bubbling just south of the Rio Grande since 2015 when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of four individuals who had cultivated their own cannabis for personal use. The court was rather unambiguous about the same, literally ruling that cannabis prohibition violated the human right of free expression of a person’s personality.

That said, the legislative path to reform so far, has been rocky.

In June 2017, President Enrique Peña Nieto signed a bill authorizing medical use. 


From a drug war to medicine

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The flourishing of the medical marijuana (cannabis) industry leaves behind years of a bloody fight against the illegal trafficking of the drug.

The war on drugs has been raging for four decades in countries such as Colombia and Mexico, where cocaine production is concentrated. There have been thousands of victims, among them civilians, political leaders, authorities and members of criminal cartels.

In Colombia, the figures are intertwined with the different forms of violence the country has experienced over the last 40 years. 


Study Finds Marijuana Reduces Pain, but Worsens Self-Care


The 1998 comedy “The Big Lebowski” has a cult-like status as a stoner film, largely because of the way Jeff Bridges portrays a weed-smoking slacker who has no job, can’t pay the rent and spends half the movie in a bathroom robe. The Dude abides life at his own pace.

A new study may have inadvertently reinforced some of that stoner stigma, finding that marijuana use reduces pain but significantly worsens patient “self-care” – a broad category that includes behavior such as motivation, physical activity and appearance.


Mexico's Cannabis Market: What Investors And Entrepreneurs Need To Know

Written By: Andrew Ward.

Mexico could become the third nation to legalize cannabis after its Supreme Court ruled cannabis use and possession laws were unconstitutional, decriminalizing it in June 2021. The decision came after several deadlines were not met by Congress, prompting the court to take action.


Illegal pot increasingly entering Mexico

The most sought-after marijuana being trafficked across the U.S.-Mexico border is now the weed entering Mexico, not the weed leaving it.

Cannabis sold legally in California is heading south illegally, dominating a booming boutique market across Mexico, where buying and selling the drug is still outlawed. Mexican dealers flaunt their U.S. products, noting them in bold lettering on menus sent to select clients: "IMPORTADO."


The Cannabinoid Institute Offering Medical Courses Cannabis Certification for Clinicians in Mexico

The Cannabinoid Institute (TCI) launched a Spanish version of their well-respected online medical cannabis training certification for Mexican physicians and other healthcare providers on Friday, July 23. TCI is focusing on helping physicians who prescribe cannabis in Mexico to meet the demands of their patients since both medical and recreational cannabis became legal this past month. Legalization in Mexico comes after years of stigmatization.


CF Survey: Educational Info About Cannabis, CBD Lacking

Assessment, documentation, and education regarding cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD) use among cystic fibrosis (CF) patients varies across centers in the U.S., according to a survey of nearly 300 CF healthcare providers.

This variability may be related partially to the different laws between U.S. states regarding these controversial substances, the researchers noted.

The data also highlighted the need for more educational materials about cannabis-based products and CF to allow care teams to have knowledgeable conversations with patients.


Not too late to cash in on New Mexico's green rush

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If you are wanting to cash in on New Mexico's green rush, it is not too late.

Linda Trujillo is the superintendent of the New Mexico Licensing and Regulation Department. She said those who want to grow cannabis should be able to get their provisional license by Aug. 22.

“The provisional license does not let you start functioning or operating as a cannabis business, but it does at least give you that assurance so that you can then go on and get the things that you must pay for and your local stuff and then come back to us and show us that you have got it and then get licensed to start operating,” said Trujillo.

Those wanting to sell will have to wait a little longer to get their provisional license.


Drug-Sniffing K9s Get Canned Following Legalization in New Mexico

Numerous police departments in New Mexico are the latest to lament the retirement of dogs that cannot make the distinction between cannabis—now legal in many states—and illegal drugs. The ramifications of using K9s to sniff out cannabis poses serious legal problems.

On June 29, the Tucumcari Police Department posted a long “eulogy” on Facebook announcing the retirement of Aries, the latest drug-sniffing dog to be retired—blaming the legalization of adult-use cannabis.


Mexico Became the 4th Legalized Country

It started with Uruguay in 2013, then came Canada in June 2018. This was followed by a recreational legalization in Georgia in July 2018, and now by Mexico in 2021. Though the US and Australia both boast legal locations, Mexico is now the 4th legalized country to allow recreational cannabis use nationwide.


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