Latin America Cannabis Industry & Marijuana Business News

Ecuador moves closer to legalize medical cannabis and hemp

Ecuador is one of the few South American countries that still has not legalized medical cannabis nor hemp, but that could change soon. This week, the country’s Congress approved a major reform of the Organic Integral Criminal Code. If given the green light by the executive branch – which has the authority to veto proposed […]

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Mexico has over a month to legalize recreational cannabis, with 10 proposed laws in the mix

With a court-ordered deadline to legalize recreational cannabis in Mexico approaching next month, parliamentarians have no fewer than 10 proposed laws to scrutinize. It is anyone’s guess which one will come out on top. But the clock is ticking, with lawmakers facing a little more than a month to pass legalization legislation. Mexico would become […]

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Paraguay to open application process for medical cannabis production licenses in October

Paraguay plans to open up the application process next month for businesses seeking to secure a production license for the country’s new medical cannabis industry. The nation’s health minister, Julio Mazzoleni, announced during a news conference on Thursday the approval of a resolution establishing the guidelines to apply for the first commercial production licenses. Five vertically integrated […]

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As Brazil prepares for major changes, authorizations to import medical cannabis surpass 10,000

The number of total authorizations granted to individual Brazilian patients to import medical cannabis since the program launched in 2014 surpassed 10,000 at the end of June 2019, according to data that the country’s health-care regulator shared directly with Marijuana Business Daily. Upon obtaining an authorization, Brazilian patients can import a maximum quantity of medical cannabis on a […]

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Barbados procuring medical cannabis for first imports in April

The Barbados Drug Service is inviting companies to submit applications to supply the nation with approved medical cannabinoid products starting April 2020 and lasting through March 31, 2022. The requested products are not legally available in the eastern Caribbean nation at this time. Separately, a bill was introduced in the country’s parliament this week to […]

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Report: Supply issues lead to declining sales in Uruguay’s recreational cannabis market

Years after legalization, supply issues continue to hinder the growth of the adult-use marijuana market in Uruguay, according to a new report by the Institute for the Regulation and Control of Cannabis (IRCCA). According to the Uruguayan cannabis regulatory agency, as of July 31, 47,810 people were registered to legally access recreational marijuana in Uruguay using one […]

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Mexico seeks public input as marijuana legalization draws closer

The Mexican parliament has created a website to announce a series of events and receive feedback from the public in advance of the expected full legalization of cannabis later this year. Several parliamentary committees are inviting participation in what’s typically called an “open parliament.” The first scheduled event, “Themed Cafe: Towards Cannabis Regulation,” will take place Aug. […]

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Brazilian health regulators mull plan for cannabis cultivation and products, but proposal draws opposition

Brazilian health regulators are weighing a landmark plan to permit the domestic cultivation of marijuana and the registration of medical cannabis products that have not yet completed clinical trials, a move that would open a potentially huge market to MJ companies from around the globe. But the proposed rules have encountered stiff opposition from a […]

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First commercial export of nonpsychoactive cannabis from Colombia reaches UK

Bogota-based Clever Leaves announced that the first Colombian shipment of nonpsychoactive cannabis products for commercial sale reached London’s Heathrow Airport on July 27, and the health-related goods cleared customs Wednesday. The products, which were exported as a food supplement, will soon be available for sale in the United Kingdom and other European Union countries, according to […]

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