Mexico set to legalize sales of marijuana products in 2018


After a storied history of prohibition, the Mexican government’s recent reforms to marijuana policy will soon include a legal market.

Mexican officials announced on Wednesday plans to legalize sales of cannabis-infused products such as medicines, foods, drinks, and cosmetics, reports Reuters.

The country’s health agency Cofepris plans to release formal regulations for goods containing marijuana within a few days of the announcement, so that producers can conform to the new laws by early 2018.

Distributors and retailers will likely import products for now, although companies will be allowed to eventually produce items in Mexico using cannabis legally grown in neighboring countries.

The legal sales of medical products is the latest of a sweeping number of changes to Mexico’s policy that began in 2015, when an eight-year-old child became the first person authorized by the government to use marijuana as treatment for a severe form of epilepsy.

The country has since legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes and scientific research earlier in 2017.

Regulations will not apply to sales of actual marijuana itself, however, and recreational use and cultivation will remain illegal.

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