Taking weed into mexico
Have you ever seen a Mexican jail?
Think about that long and hard before taking ANYTHING across the border.
Buy it there, if you must.
Well, at least you will have some company there.
No, I haven’t traveled to Mexico with MJ or paraphernalia. But I was on international hold in the Philippines 35 years ago for a drug related incident. I will tell you that this is entirely different kind of bullets you will be sweating if you find yourself in that situation.
Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
I don’t need good quality as ill be more drunk than stoned in Mexico generally..
I read about 1/10th of what @ Baron23 said. Bottom line is never travel with drugs unless you are willing to put things in your ass.
. after you get busted.
I owned a business that required travel to Mexico for many years – from Mexico City to Ixtapa to Playa Del Carmen and damn near everywhere in between! I never brought any with but never had a day without it once there either. Just ask around and I guarantee you will be set within an hour! One time in Puerta Vallarta I asked a guy and he said, no problem, how much? I said a quarter will do and he quoted me $50 USD. I thought wow, that’s RAPE for Mexico but maybe it’s really good. I later met him down by the marina and he was there, not with a quarter but a QP! LOL So as to quickly get the hell out of there, I took it and went back to my hotel room and it was surprisingly really good for what I was used to in Mexico. I ended up giving away fat sacks to all the US and Canadian friends I made while there the rest of the week!
Trust me, you’ll be good 😉
Well this is classic risk management. I live in a illegal state and I **DO** take a risk even with possession. If one doesn’t want *any* risk, don’t choose the behavior.
Here are my significant experiences.
Cancun — with the cartels trying to damage tourism, the government does not want americans becoming afraid to go there. They mostly turn a blind eye unless you’re a stupid american, and then they might make an example out of you — to please the american government ironically. You can easily take a cart with you. No smell, and easy to smuggle. People screw up by getting greedy and ambitious. They are not looking for drugs at customs primarily. they want it to be easy to go there (the US makes it hard for people to come visit us). I’ve been in a cancun jail. it’s not that bad. if you’re an American and have a little bribe money. The easiest international city in the world to bring drugs into because it is among the hardest to bring drugs out of. (everyone is “watching”). You can get it there easily, but there are a lot of scams that take advantage of tourists.
Mexico City — Very different from Cancun, since most ppl at the airport are not tourists. Never had a problem with carts. As others have said, it is so easy to find if you have any extroversion in you at all. I just came back from there. a Stiiizy pod thrown in with my electronics has never been a problem.
Nogales, Brownsville, Tijuana, and Juarez, etc. (border cities) — Easy! going there. no one seemingly cares. coming back is TOTALLY another story. I take a cart and trash it before I leave.
From a risk perspective, Mexico is not that risky, relatively speaking. In fact, MUCH less damage would be done to me getting caught there than here.
Pacific Asia: Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, etc
Be very careful These countries really pump up the volume on risk — death penalty (yeah, for weed) if any intent to distribute is judged. A public beating and/or jail if not. In indonesia and Singapore ANY derivative of flower (i.e. concentrates) is “proof” of intent. Ironic, because Kratom (a truly trippy plant) grows everywhere in Indonesia and it is about to be banned. how they do that will be interesting. Singapore’s laws and punishments are infamous. In Thailand and Vietnam, the government turns its eyes from foreigners mostly, again in the interest of tourism, as long as you’re just possessing and not being stupid. Do NOT get caught in China with even a seed. You won’t be happy. In the political climate right now, I think they are looking for westerners to make an example out of.
Lets see where else. I used to go to Russia a lot, mostly Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Sevastopol . no problem there coming or going. Riyad was easy even though it is my least favorite place in the world. The strangest place I ever got “caught” smoking was at the University of Warwick in the UK. No arrest. Just a lecture on the proper way to do something illegal from a bunch of weird British academics. Love those freaks.
Oh, and I once took a two month adventure where I rode “trains only” the entire way from London to Singapore (northern route). I took actual flower with me as that was before my “vapology” period. No issues. (I am convinced trains have less security and more “tolerance” than airports). I plan to do this again this coming summer, but this time take the southern route (middle east/Iran/India/far east).Only share your personal experiences on international travel… Not a story you heard online. Many people I know do It but I want more numbers to make a decision on how and what to bring.
Mexico Unveiled Its Recreational Cannabis Bill: 8 Things You Need to Know
The United States’ southerly neighbor might legalize adult-use marijuana as early as this week.
Over the past two years, milestones and history have been made with regularity for the cannabis industry. Last year, for example, we witnessed Canada become the first industrialized country in the world to give the green light to recreational marijuana. Regulations concerning cannabis derivatives (e.g.’s edibles, infused beverages, vapes, topicals, and concentrates) also went into effect last week.
Outside Canada, we’ve seen 33 U.S. states legalize the use of medical marijuana, to some degree, over the past 23 years, 11 of which have also waved the green flag on adult consumption. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also approved the very first cannabis-derived drug last year to treat two rare forms of childhood-onset epilepsy.
And the milestones just keep coming.
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On Oct. 17, 2019, a number of Mexican Senate committees unveiled draft legislation that would make our neighbor to the south the third country worldwide, after Uruguay and Canada, to legalize recreational marijuana. As reported by Canamo Mexico and Marijuana Moment, the 74 article, 42-page draft is similar to a bill proposed last year by Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero, who was then serving as a senator. However, the current legislation also incorporates bits and pieces of numerous other legislative proposals, and may be further modified by input received from the public.
Here are eight things you should know about Mexico’s groundbreaking cannabis bill, which seems to be very close to becoming law.
1. It’s sort of a formality
To begin with, you should understand that Mexico’s push toward adult-use legalization is really just a formality at this point.
You see, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled last year that a ban on the recreational use and possession of cannabis was unconstitutional. This was the fifth time that Mexico’s highest court had reached a similar verdict. In Mexico, when the Supreme Court reaches a similar verdict five time, it becomes the set standard. Thus, recreational marijuana has already, in theory, been legalized by the Mexican Supreme Court. It’s simply a matter of lawmakers drawing up the rules and regulations that’ll govern the industry by putting pen to paper.
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2. You only need to be 18 to buy and possess recreational weed in Mexico
One of the most glaring differences you’ll see between Mexico’s legislation and select U.S. states and Canada is that the minimum age of purchase and possession is slated to be set at only 18 in our neighbor to the south. Mexico has a considerably larger population than Canada (127.6 million versus 37.4 million), and the fact that adults three years younger in Mexico could potentially become consumers might make the Mexican market all that more attractive to the pot industry.
3. Consumption can only occur in private
As should be little surprise, the initial draft calls for the consumption of recreational marijuana to occur only in private spaces. This is consistent with pretty much every U.S. state and Canada. Although the first cannabis café opened in West Hollywood, Calif., just three weeks ago, pot cafes and other non-private places of consumption are a rarity, and it’s likely to remain that way for the foreseeable future throughout North America.
4. Packaging regulations will be strict
Also consistent with the message that’s being sent throughout legalized North American markets, Mexico’s recreational weed legislation calls for packaging to be nondescript, and for no real people or fictional characters to appear on that packaging. Mexico, like Canada and the U.S., is trying to use these tough regulations to (pardon the pun) weed out illegal production, as well as discourage adolescents from being lured to cannabis products.
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5. Edibles and infused beverages are for medical patients only
Arguably the most interesting aspect of Mexico’s recreational marijuana draft legislation is that it would only allow for medical marijuana patients to purchase edibles and cannabis-infused beverages. That’s meaningful from an investment perspective given that derivatives almost always bear considerably higher margins for growers than dried cannabis flower. Medical marijuana has been legal in Mexico since June 2017.
6. The Cannabis Institute will oversee the Mexican pot industry
Similar to the setup in Canada, a central agency, known as the Cannabis Institute, will be responsible for overseeing Mexico’s marijuana industry. The Cannabis Institute would be delegated with setting potency limits for recreational weed, implementing whatever legislation is passed, and issuing cultivation and/or sales licenses. Surprisingly, Health Canada has proven to be more of a crutch than an aide in the early going for the Canadian pot industry, so it’ll be interesting to see how well the Cannabis Institute performs, assuming this is, indeed, the legislation that becomes law in Mexico.
7. Big businesses won’t have licensing priority
Another important thing investors should know is that major North American cannabis businesses aren’t going to be given priority in terms of being awarded licenses. The draft legislation calls for low-income individuals, small farmers, and indigenous peoples to have licensing priority in Mexico. This is likely being done to ensure that Mexico’s economy, and not foreign companies, benefit most, as well as keeps the Mexican recreational market as competitive as possible.
8. The timeline to pass this bill may not be met
Finally, understand that while the Mexican Supreme Court set a deadline on lawmakers to pass a recreational cannabis bill, it’s possible that, even with this legislation in hand, passage is delayed. Even though lawmakers are aiming for approval this week, they may need to appeal to their country’s Supreme Court for an extension. Without any precedent, it’s unclear whether the high court would grant one.
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Mexico may have big market potential, but cannabis stocks may look elsewhere
Assuming Mexico’s lawmakers like what they see from this draft and choose to legalize recreational cannabis before the end of the month, the State of the Legal Cannabis Markets report from Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics suggests that $1 billion in annual sales could be possible (on a combined basis with medical sales) by 2024. This certainly sounds like a healthy amount of annual revenue that would attract pot stocks.
Aurora Cannabis (NYSE:ACB) , for example, acquired Farmacias Magistrales last December. Aurora’s acquisition came with access to more than 500 pharmacies and hospitals in Mexico, as well as a 12,000-square-foot pharmaceutical processing and production facility in Mexico City. Farmacias is also the only company licensed to import raw materials containing more than 1% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabinoid that gets users high.
Similarly, Medical Marijuana, Inc. (OTC:MJNA) has been operating in our southerly neighbor for three years. Medical Marijuana was the first company to import CBD-rich oils into Mexico, and the expansion of the consumer market via this legalization bill would, presumably, open up new opportunities.
But it’s important to note that Mexico isn’t prioritizing licensing for big businesses, and that it’s not allowing adult consumers to buy some of the highest-margin derivatives. That makes the recreational market a less-than-stellar option for Aurora Cannabis and Medical Marijuana. While the two are likely to continue focusing on the medical side of the equation in Mexico, where high-margin derivative products can be sold, the recreational market might be best off avoided by pot stocks.The United States' southerly neighbor might legalize adult-use marijuana as early as this week. ]]>