Mexico’s Supreme Court Orders Health Ministry to Regulate Medical Marijuana
Mexico’s supreme court justices have grown impatient with the health ministry’s two year delay on medical cannabis regulation. On Wednesday, the court told the ministry that it has six months to issue rules surrounding patient usage, issued as part of its ruling in the case of a child seeking THC treatment for epilepsy.
The announcement comes nearly a year after the government of leftist politician Andrés Manuel López Obrador a.k.a. AMLO proposed legislation to regulate both the medical and recreational marijuana industries — but that plan has not seen much movement since its announcement.
It is not the first time the ministry has been instructed to craft the regulations for the medical industry. In 2017, when medicinal cannabis was first legalized in Mexico, the ministry was told it had half a year to codify the drug’s distribution and use. The delay has left patients and cannabis suppliers largely in the dark about their rights to buy and sell medical weed, although some companies have begun offering their products in the country.
Mexico has long lingered in a grey area regarding policies towards marijuana. Many had high hopes that AMLO would rapidly legalize cannabis. Though the president touted cannabis reform as