In this, the first post of a multipart series, we will debunk the various incorrect ideas, impressions and rumors we continue to hear in the Mexico cannabis practice. As the legalization process draws closer, we deem it important to provide local and foreign readers with a clear understanding of what is really going on with the roll-out of cannabis legalization in Mexico. So without further ado, below are some of the biggest things folks are getting wrong right now.
1. I will be able to do everything as soon as it gets legal.
Although cannabis will be fully legal once the Cannabis Law and the Medical Regulations are published, that does not mean that you will be able to apply for licenses immediately. Regarding adult and industrial use, the Institute must first be established and be fully operational. A full 90 days after that happens, you will be able to apply for a research license, whereas you will have to wait 6 months for licenses for activities involving non-psychoactive cannabis and 18 months for adult use permits and licenses. Finally, as for cultivation licenses, you may only apply for them once testing and traceability guidelines are published. As