By Dalton Rosario
This past Friday the Mexican Senate Foreign Relations Committee conducted a meeting in which Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard, commented that Mexico will be reaching out to the international community for key insights into the federal implementation of their emerging cannabis market. First correspondents on their list are Canada, Uruguay and the U.S. (California, Colorado and Nevada). President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has expressed deep interest in Mexico’s involvement within the global cannabis industry and plans to outline an explicit agenda for federal legalization of recreational and medicinal cannabis use for adults.
This past November, Mexico’s Supreme Court stated it was unconstitutional for the federal government to prosecute adult cannabis consumption and home-grown cultivation. This was followed closely by legislation outlining the legalization and regulation of cannabis throughout the country. Mexican officials have already visited Canada in October to learn the best practices for developing the infrastructure of their nationwide implementation of federally legalized cannabis, ranging from sales tax revenues to business licensing registration.