Mexico Cannabis Update: Status of Proposed and Existing Regulation

On March 19, 2019, the Secretariat of Health issued a press release informing the appearance of Secy. Jorge Alcocer before the Senate’s Health Committee to discuss the nation’s public health agenda. Among the top items was the status on the guidelines issued on October 30, 2018 by the Federal Commission for the Protection of Sanitary Risks (“COFEPRIS”) for the import and sale of products with cannabis and its derivates (reported here).

Since the guidelines were issued, two batches of products were authorized and announced in highly publicized press conferences. This was pretty much everything the agency got to do before the new president was elected and the new administration officers took over government agencies such as COFEPRIS. The permits were issued but claims have been made that COFEPRIS purportedly has not completed the process granting the final permit to import the authorized products. We inquired with current and former COFEPRIS employees regarding status of current applications and all responses mentioned in one way or another that an instruction was given to halt review of all applications and look into any signs of irregular activity.