The decree on the therapeutic use of cannabis has entered fully into force in Mexico
A decree issued by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto confirmed today that Mexico has legalized medicinal cannabis. This follows overwhelming support from Mexico's lower house of Congress. On June 19, Mexican President Peña Nieto released a bill that legalized the cultivation, production and use of cannabis products with less than 1% THC for medical purposes. Medical cannabis is part of the Mexican constitution.
Approval of the therapeutic use of cannabis in Mexico
THEaccess to medical cannabis became law in Mexico. It is the culmination of years of efforts by cannabis advocates in Mexico. In particular, to make the therapeutic use of cannabinoids legal across the country. Theapproved by President Peña Nieto of the bill eliminates the criminalization of all cannabis derivatives and legalizes the production, distribution of cannabis for medical purposes. The law comes into effect immediately. However, this new law limits the amount of THC allowed to 1%.
The use of medical marijuana crossed the Senate in December 2016. Thus the parliament adopted the bill in April 2017, with a vote of 347 to 7… The Mexican Secretary of Health, Mr. José Narro Robles, at expressed support, saying:
"I appreciate the approval of the therapeutic use of cannabis in Mexico."
The decree pronounced by the president
The decree was pronounced by the president on June 19, 2017. The Ministry of Health will be responsible for drafting and implementing the regulations of “public policies governing the medical use of pharmacological derivatives of cannabis sativa, indica and Americana or of marijuana, including tetrahydrocannabinol, its isomers and stereochemical variants, as well as how to regulate research and domestic production of them. "
Peña Nieto's decree effectively eliminates the criminalization of the medical use of cannabis, THC, CBD and all cannabis derivatives. Thus and above all, the decree proposes the legalization of the production and distribution of cannabis for medical and therapeutic purposes.
"The regulation eliminates the prohibition and criminalization of acts related to the medicinal use of marijuana and its scientific research, and those related to the production and distribution of the plant for these purposes," the lower house said. of Parliament, known as La Cámara de Diputados.
Currently, the only permitted cannabis must contain 1% or less of tetrahydrocannabinol. But, the Department of Health will need to study the therapeutic effects of cannabis before creating the framework for an infrastructure to allow access to medical marijuana. There will always be obstacles to overcome. But Mexico has simply passed the biggest hurdle to date.