Mexico President Signs Bill Authorizing Medical Marijuana

Enrique Peña Nieto

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has signed into law a bill to make medical marijuana available in Mexico.

The new law, which was approved by lawmakers earlier this year, will direct the Ministry of Health to draft and implement policies to regulate 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.

The bill was passed in April by a vote of 371 to 11.

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.

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