Mexico’s path toward legalizing hemp and marijuana has been a bumpy one spanning three years now, starting with a law authorizing the medicinal use of cannabis under 1% THC content.

Since then, the federal agency responsible for issuing guidance for using medical marijuana published its rules on Oct. 30, 2018 – but revoked them five months later, saying the regulations were intended for medicinal and scientific use.

But in practice, the guidelines issued by the Federal Commissioner for the Protection of Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS) also left open the door for industrial use of low-THC cannabis; the country doesn’t use U.S.-style distinctions between hemp and marijuana. Mexican residents have been waiting for new rules since then.

Hemp Industry Daily recently caught up with Luis Armendariz, an attorney in Chihuahua, Mexico, who is affiliated with Denver’s Hoban Law Group, to check on where the legalization process stands.

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