Things are about to get even hotter at the Mexican border, drug trafficking-wise. It’s not because the cartels are upping their monthly shipments (although, who knows, maybe). It’s because Mexico is about to start letting all kinds of weed-infused products come in from outside the country.
Starting next year, the country will legalize the “import and sale of cannabis-infused medicine, food, beverages, and cosmetics,” according to Leafly. Legal sale of these products could begin within the next couple of months.
Though Mexico legalized medical cannabis this past summer, the country is still figuring out how to regulate the new market.
Cofepris, the country’s health agency, has said that it plans to issue more detailed guidelines on how the system will work before the end of the year, and products may go on sale in the medical marijuana market by January of next year, according to Reuters. Meanwhile, recreational cannabis cultivation and sale will still be illegal.
Though growing and manufacturing products will eventually be legal within the country, for now the Mexican government has decided that the best way to feed the new demand is to import their goods.
The United States has an infrastructure for medical cannabis products, is a next door neighbor, and already has a drug import/export relationship with Mexico, but that doesn’t mean the U.S. may not be the most likely supplier of Mexico’s imported good.
In fact, Leafly believes that the most likely trade partner for Mexican’s MMJ program is probably Canada. That country already exports its legal cannabis wares to Australia, Brazil, Chile, Croatia, Germany, and New Zealand, which America would have done too by now if it was smarter.
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