Canadian company’s subsidiary first to get hemp license in Mexico

Hemp Today writes

A subsidiary of a Canadian cannabis company has received the first license to develop hemp operations from Mexican health authorities, but a legal framework that would underpin the industry has yet to be put in place.

Mexico’s Comisión Federal para la Protección contra Riesgos Sanitarios (COFEPRIS) issued the first-ever authorization for the cultivation, processing, and commercialization of hemp to Xebra Mexico (Desart MX, S.A. de C.V.), a part of Xebra Brands Ltd., Vancouver, after a long legal battle.

Xebra Mexico applied for a license in 2018 after hemp became legal in 2017 under an amendment to the country’s General Health Law, but COFEPRIS at the time turned back the application because the legislation allowed only the “commercialization,” import and export of hemp but not cultivation and processing.

High court ruling

The company took the health agency to the Mexican Supreme Court over the licensing and received a positive outcome when the court ruled last summer that prohibiting the cultivation and processing of cannabis containing less than 1% THC for industrial uses violates the constitutional right of freedom to work.

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