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Mexico Cannabis Law

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Surefooted Counsel in Rapidly Changing Legal Terrain

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Mexico’s Market

Mexico’s $1.3 trillion economy is the second-largest in Latin America, the 15th-largest in the world, and the US-China trade war has vaulted Mexico (and Canada) far past China as a top U.S. trading partner. As global companies seek to diversify their supply chains, Mexico offers proximity to U.S. markets, modern infrastructure, access to ports for global distribution, and a highly-skilled, well-educated workforce.

Mexico is much more than just manufacturing (U.S. companies exported over $250 billion of goods and services to Mexico in 2019), and over the past few years more and more companies have come to Harris Sliwoski to figure out the best ways to bring their goods and services to the Mexican market.

We support clients entering or operating in Mexico with new entity formation, mergers, and acquisitions, real estate transactions, intellectual property rights protection, employment, and labor issues, as well as complex cross-border litigation. Plus, our Mexico legal team has decades of commercial and residential real estate experience, and they are able to provide expert advice on investment vehicles and tax implications, as well as conduct comprehensive due diligence on potential stock or asset purchases.

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Cannabis in Mexico

All of this has positioned Harris Sliwoski as valuable counsel to foreign companies entering the cannabis market in Mexico. In January 2021, the cultivation, processing, merchandising and import/export of medical cannabis was legalized in Mexico, making the country the largest in the world to have legalized cannabis.

The Regulations on Sanitary Control for the Production, Research and Medical Use of Cannabis and Its Pharmacological Derivatives (the “Regulations”) provide for the phased implementation of certain business activities in order to facilitate coordination among the government agencies in charge of interpreting and administering the Regulations.

While Mexico’s Ministry of Health, COFEPRIS (Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks), and various other Mexican governmental agencies work to implement the Regulations for cultivators, processors, distributors, retailers and importers/exporters, foreign cannabis investors and businesses are moving quickly to ensure they are licensed and compliant with existing laws and regulations.

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Legal Guidance for Mexico Cannabis Businesses 

Harris Sliwoski has a long history of providing international cannabis ventures with the legal planning, regulatory support, corporate and transactional guidance, and compliance strategies they need. Since 2015, we have represented buyers and sellers in international cannabis mergers and acquisitions, including foreign nationals and investors. The breadth of international cannabis work handled by our U.S., European and Chinese lawyers, and by our international trade team, has expanded rapidly ever since.

Today, the race is on for market share in the cannabis industry around the world as laws continue to change. Our thorough understanding of Mexico’s foreign investment regulations, compliance requirements, and tax laws, combined with our knowledge of the broader legal environment, ultimately allows us to assist our clients in securing lucrative cannabis licenses with an eye to future business endeavors as legalization spreads across the globe.

If you’re contemplating a cannabis business venture of any kind in Mexico, you will need legal support. Our Mexico team is of course both English- and Spanish-speaking. We already know the Mexican legal and regulatory playing fields, and can help you and/or your company get up to speed on what matters most now for current and future licensing and business opportunities in “el ombligo de la luna”.

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Our Clients' Successes

“Harris Sliwoski expertly guided us through the formation of our company. They continue to assist with necessary registrations and compliance with numerous regulations. They were able to promptly answer all our many questions and provide understandable options, explanations and practical advice. We expect to continue to use Harris Sliwoski on a regular basis as our company expands. They were also able to introduce us other professional experts. We would not hesitate to recommend Harris Sliwoski to any companies in need of legal advice.”

user icon Three Continents Foods LLC

This law firm was a huge help as our company went through the process of commercial licensing in the California cannabis industry.  They have helped us with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while clearly communicating with us throughout the process.  Everyone we’ve worked with at Harris Sliwoski is an expert in their field and we have always felt that we were in good hands through our legal representation.

user icon Wil Crummer, CEO PRO Farms

Legal stuff is always scary. And I’ve had to play offense a couple times, begrudgingly. To have Harris Sliwoski have my back? It made things a lot less prickly. They quickly walked me through my options, and were refreshingly consistent in their communications, timing and billing. I’ve been lucky to stay out of the legal side of things my whole career, thankfully. When things went a little wrong, Harris Sliwoski quickly made things right.

user icon Aaron Draplin, Founder Draplin Design Co.

I am impressed with this law firm. They answered all my questions regarding cannabis businesses and the California cannabis framework, and they have helped me with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while always clearly communicating with us throughout the process. They also redirected me to other quality people for my business needs. Everyone I worked with at Harris Sliwoski is an expert in their field, and I was in good hands throughout my legal representation.

user icon Corey T., CEO Thinc Cubed, LLC

I have been working with the lawyers at Harris Sliwoski for more than 20 years both as a business owner and as an executive at a large east-coast health system and that is because they have always efficiently provided high level and clear international law advice. Most recently, Harris Sliwoski provided legal support on many matters related to procuring medical products worldwide. Their support was particularly helpful to during the onset of COVID, when there was a big need for securing PPE quickly, all while navigating complicated international and domestic legal requirements. Harris Sliwoski’s team of international lawyers helped by conducting rapid-fire due diligence on potential suppliers, navigating the legal logistics for getting product from overseas and through U.S. customs, and drafting contracts to protect against various sorts of horribles. They did this by essentially providing what amounted to 24/7 service. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

user icon Dan Pak Hospital Supply Chain Executive

Harris Sliwoski has represented our company in the legal cannabis industry for years. Harris Sliwoski has advised us in a wide variety of legal matters, and they are truly experts in their field. I would highly recommend Harris Sliwoski to anyone with questions about cannabis law, or any legal matters. They have been great for our Company, and will continue to guide us as our industry evolves

user icon Matt Hurt, COO Cannabis Nation

You won’t find a better partner than Harris Sliwoski when trying to navigate the complex world of healthcare regulations.  They not only give sound and reliable legal advice, but they are also very responsive and are able to guide you in a way that helps you reach your business objectives as well.

user icon Joseph Axelrod, General Counsel Irwin Naturals

When we started the process of building a ‘seed to sale’ cannabis company in Oregon, we saw the need for expert legal counsel.  The cannabis sector is fraught with potential peril at every turn, and we wanted the best legal advice we could find.  After talking to several firms and individuals, we feel extremely fortunate to have chosen Harris Sliwoski as our legal counsel.

user icon Tony Theiss, CEO and Co-Founder Redbarn Cannabis 

We use Harris Sliwoski on all our international legal matters, including on our international litigation matters. We have over the last few years been involved in a couple big international legal disputes and Harris Sliwoski’s international dispute resolution team provided us with expert legal assistance on both matters. They were always very careful to explain to us what they were doing and why and what their actions would likely cost us in legal fees. Most importantly, we did extremely well on both cases and I have no doubt Harris Sliwoski was a big factor in that.

user icon Kevin English, CEO We Are Camp

We have used Harris Sliwoski for legal help related to our international manufacturing. The lawyers with whom I worked had extensive familiarity with the international legal issues involved in our various projects and offered us key insights. I particularly appreciated how they always quickly and efficiently do what they say they will do and always within their cost estimates.

user icon Andrea Barona Valladolid, Senior Legal Counsel Fairphone