Last year, the federal legislature moved the country closer to legalization of medical marijuana.
The process, however, has been entangled in a sea of red tape ever since, with law makers trying to hammer out the nitty gritty of the law itself. It seems, however, that the law may soon go into effect, if recent statements by top officials are any indication.
This week, the director of the Federal Commission for the Protection Against Health Risks (COFEPRIS), Julio Sanchez y Tepoz, stated that within the “next few months” the law may officially go into effect. This after a lengthy analysis of over 150 studies undertaken by experts in various fields.
According to Sanchez, a small amount of medicinal products containing marijuana are currently available to the public, but that many more will soon enter the market pending their approval.
The move comes after Canada legalized recreational marijuana earlier this month. Several U.S. states have also legalized marijuana, although the federal government’s stance towards the drug is anything but sanguine and the future of legalization in the United States is hardly secured.