Mexico Officially Legalizes Medical Marijuana

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Today, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto officially published a bill that makes medical marijuana available and legal in Mexico. The historic change in policy for this critical Latin American nation marks another country that has welcomed cannabis as an important tool for healing the sick.

On Friday, April 28, Mexico’s lower house in parliament overwhelmingly passed the bill with a 374-7 vote. It was then up to the leader of the country to officially sign and turn it into law, which the President finally executed today.

In December of last year, the bill received incredible support from the Mexican Senate, with a yes vote of 98-7.

The recent passing of the bill in parliament was publicly endorsed by Mexico’s Secretary of Health, Dr. José Narro Robles, who stated: “I welcome the adoption of the therapeutic use of cannabis in Mexico.”


The bill will now authorize the Health Ministry to create regulations around medical marijuana use, including the production of related pharmaceuticals that contain cannabis. Products with one percent THC or lower will be allowed at this point. As well, cannabis cultivation for medical and scientific purposes will not be punishable.

Further, before any potential therapy or drug is created, Mexico’s General Health Council must be made aware of the therapeutic or medicinal value of the product being produced.

The Health Ministry will be creating more guidelines and a framework for cultivation and distribution in the coming weeks as Mexico moves forward with this new era of medical cannabis for those in need.

For the moment, supporters of this bill can celebrate with the knowledge that cannabis reform in the Latin American nation has taken a huge step forward.

See the Presidental Decree: https://www.dof.gob.mx/nota_detalle.php?codigo=5487335&fecha=19/06/2017

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Jonathan Hiltz has been a journalist, a TV producer and marijuana advocate for over sixteen years. He has a wife, two young children and lives in the Toronto area.

5 Comments

  1. Wow, they have worked on this for awhile, good deal. Canada is supposed to legalize cannabis across the board, med and rec in 2018. Not by voting either, done by the Gov without a vote. I’m moving. A country with it’s act together. And most importantly, NO TRUMP

    • I wonder how long before patients could get authorization to and a DISPENSARY to BUY or grow?? I’ll have to read through the proclamation I guess. I’d like to move to MExico. You got it. NO TRUMP and no trump followers around me.

  2. !Viva Mexico! I live there half the time now, but with the gov’t in the USA so wacky, maybe I need to stay in Mexico full time. This is an important lesson for Trump’s boy, Jeff Sessions, who now looks like a stupidity sandwich with the truth on both sides. Congratulations to all the people who’s lives will be improved by this blessing.

  3. I think you are celebrating too soon: Products with one percent THC or lower will be allowed at this point is BOGUS. ” before any potential therapy or drug is created, Mexico’s General Health Council must be made aware of the therapeutic or medicinal value of the product being produced.” This amounts to a statement: we are not doing anything, a lot of noise and some flashing lights but no product will be available.

  4. Montgomery Lish on

    This is definitely a step in the best direction. The previous 0 tolerance policy from officials led to a lot of corruption and small time pay-offs and shakedowns by the police officials looking through vehicles for hours to find a single marijuana seed to extort money out travelers. The 1% means that seeds are now legal. What a relief.

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