Mexico high court clears low-THC cannabis production

Mexico’s Supreme Court has thrown out barriers to low-THC cannabis production, just as the nation is moving toward full marijuana legalization.

A ruling issued last week sided with Xebra Brands Ltd. and its Mexican subsidiary, Xebra Mexico, and declared that laws against growing cannabis below 1% THC are unconstitutional.

The decision now heads to a lower court for implementation through Mexico’s national health agency, the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS).

Xebra Mexico was challenging COFEPRIS actions to block cannabis production except for medical and scientific purposes. Xebra said after the ruling that it will now commercialize low-THC CBD and CBG products including topicals, tinctures, oils and beverages.

Mexico is making halting progress toward full cannabis legalization, with the judicial branch leading the way.

Last summer the Supreme Court issued a decision to authorize recreational marijuana even before regulations for the market have been settled; those negotiations are ongoing. Three years ago the same court overturned a law prohibiting recreational use of cannabis, a decision that sparked enormous business interest but has yet to result in a regulated adult-use market in the nation of 130 million.

Xebra Brands trades on the Canadian Securities Exchange as XBRA.