Mexico Legalizes Medical Marijuana

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On June 20, 2017, Mexico legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes. This is a direct result of the efforts of President Enrique Peña Nieto to decriminalize the use of the drug.

The law is very vague in its construction and doesn’t provide any insight into what types of ailments will be covered or how the drug will be distributed. The job of working out all the details will fall to the Executive Branch and the Secretary of Health. They have 180 days to develop all the rules, procedures and protocols.

Let’s Wrap This Up

I’m very curious to see how this law will be implemented. The biggest question that I have is whether tourists will be able to obtain medical marijuana. If so, it will have a huge financial impact on tourist areas like the Riviera Maya.

As soon as the details are announced, I’ll include them in a follow-up post.

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Q-Roo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He and his wife moved to Mexico looking to maximize their retirement income. In 2016, they started a blog called Two Expats Mexico ( sharing their experiences, as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border. The blog has been viewed over two million times and the articles have been republished in numerous periodicals across Mexico.

10 Comments on "Mexico Legalizes Medical Marijuana"

  1. Well, now everyone will move to Mexico for sure 🙂 if you can get prescription drugs cheaper and sometimes without a doctor’s prescription, I am sure marihuana will be the same. Good for those who need it.

  2. Colorado has done it for years. Canada is looking at it in 2018 and that is one reason we left. Hopefully it will hit the Cartels hard, they run everything anyway, and provide some revenue for health care and education which is needed.
    Can you tell me which home insurance company you are using ? Our quote was $8,800 for the year.

    • Q-Roo Paul | June 28, 2017 at 9:46 am |

      We’re using WEA. The price depends on the package and your age. We saved money by excluding the U.S. from the coverage.

  3. Hey Paul! This has already been a big discussion on Mexican Amigos and someone is saying (and I quote) it must be imported from the US! Now this make NO SENSE to me! As an ex-cop I am sure u make more sense than this woman is saying! I know u don’t know all the ins & outs but really – does this make sense to u? Doesn’t to me! Just wondering if u can make any sense out of this!!

    • Q-Roo Paul | June 28, 2017 at 10:48 am |

      They won’t need to import it, that’s for sure. The cartels have been smuggling tons of it into the U.S. every year. This is definitely a crop that they’ll be able to grow domestically.

  4. I’m for anything that will take it out of the control of the cartels and dealers. However as someone wiser than me pointed out… these people have grown accustomed to getting a lot of money without much effort and if they lose this as a method of having easy money, they will seek out other opportunities that may be worse. That is a concern..

  5. Kathi Karp | June 28, 2017 at 2:21 pm |

    As a nurse practitioner, I’ve always been amazed at the prescription drugs that one can purchase over the counter in Mexico. I wonder how they will regulate this & whether tourists will be able to purchase while on vacation!

  6. Medical marijuana is different from the recreational marijuana and requires a process to refine it in order to retain the healing aspects and withdraw the other aspects. The recreational form will still be distributed and used in the same way it always has been. The healing properties of Cannabis Indicus have been known for many years in the homeopathic and herbal fields.

  7. I am a ‘card carrying’ medical marijuana user in Ontario. 22/1 CBD to THC. That means you never get high. This has helped me from having to take high doses of Tylenol, narcotics, etc. We travel to the LaPaz, in the Baja, regularly, but I have always had to leave this anti inflammatory drug at home. Hopefully, it will be available there soon or they will allow for transportation if it is accompanied by a physicians order.

  8. Good news ! Be there ASAP !! 🙂

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