Febrero, 2021

Después de años de lucha, activismo, controversia y cabildeo, a finales del año pasado y al principio de este pudimos ver resultados concretos en el proceso de legalización del cannabis. Estos resultados se materializaron, por una parte, en la aprobación del dictamen para la Ley Federal para la Regulación del Cannabis (el “Dictamen de Ley”)

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Enero 19, 2021

January 12, 2021 marked yet another historic milestone for Mexican cannabis as the secondary rules for medical cannabis in Mexico were published by the Secretary of Health (SSA) in the Federal Official Gazette. The rules, titled Rules for the Sanitary Control of the Production, Research and Use of Medical Cannabis and its Pharmacological Derivatives

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Diciembre 8, 2020

As many remain hopeful that Mexico will legalize cannabis this year, the world’s largest recreational market won’t be up and running before 2022 in any case.  That’s according to Luis Armendáriz, a Chihuahua-based attorney who practices in international cannabis trade with Hoban Law Firm.

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Noviembre 23, 2020

Mexico's Cannabis Legalization Bill Will Boost Business, but there are concerns.
Mexican Senators approved a historic adult use cannabis legalization bill on Nov. 19, with an 82 to 18 vote.This doesn't legalize adult use just yet, but Mexico appears well on its way to becoming the third nation to do so and potentially the largest legal marijuana market in the world.

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Noviembre 15, 2020

Advocates say there are big holes in Mexico's effort to legalize marijuana

Four-year-old Camila Soto has big, bouncy brown curls and an unwavering fascination with her older sister’s colored pencils.

Unable to walk or sit on her own, she has struggled with epilepsy and cerebral palsy since birth. Her mother, Crisla Soto, 38, began treating Camila’s frequent seizures with cannabidiol, or CBD, when Camila was 11 months old.

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Septiembre 19, 2020

Cannabis.  Por su sobreregulación, cáñamo industrial está en riesgo
Luis Armendáriz quoted in national news media Milenio 

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September 10, 2020

What You Need to Know Before Investing in Mexican Real Estate
This may be a time of opportunity in Mexican real estate. However, things can go bad without honest advice and proper due diligence.

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Agosto 26, 2020

Luis Armendariz quoted by Hemp Industry Daily

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Agosto, 2020

Contribution by Luis Armendariz on the “The Brief”, the American Bar Association’s magazine for lawyers practicing tort and insurance law.
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Agosto, 2020

Colaboración de los Lics. Luis Armendáriz y Alan Zamarripa para la publicación “Year in Review” del 2019 publicada por la Sección de Derecho Internacional de la American Bar Association, respecto de desarrollos regulatorios y legislativos en materia de cannabis.

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Agosto, 2020

Luis Armendáriz invited to the “Thinking Outside the Bud” podcast by Bruce Eckfeldt


Agosto 10, 2020

Finally. On July 27, 2020, a draft of secondary rules for medical cannabis in Mexico were submitted by the Secretary of Health (SSA) to the National Commission for Regulatory Improvement (CONAMER) for the mandatory public consultation and regulatory impact assessment
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May 7, 2020

Panorama de la legislación del Cannabis en México

7 de abril, 2020

The impact of Coronavirus on Mexico
Bob and Eric sit down with Chihuahua, Mexico-based, Hoban Law Group International Attorney, Luis Armendáriz who shares his perspective on how Mexico has reacted to the spread of COVID-19 in the last few weeks. They discuss the recent progress made by the Mexican Congress in recent months on cannabis legalization, possible delays to government proceedings from Coronavirus,


Abril 2020

Colaboración para la revista Edicta
A la fecha que escribo esta colaboración, el dictamen para expedir la ley que regularía el cannabis ha sido aprobada en comisiones del Senado de la República y estamos expectantes para la continuación de un proceso legislativo que resulte en la aprobación y expedición de la Ley

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27 de marzo 2020

Mexican Senate Committees approve Cannabis Bill… but Deadline Extended
On March 4, 2020, three Mexican Senate Committees approved in a joint session, generally, the cannabis bill - last version circulated on February 28, 2020 (the “Bill”). The Committees’ approval places such Bill on its way to Senate’s general vote.

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20 de marzo 2020

Luis Armendariz quoted by Hemp Industry Daily
Mexico is poised to become the world’s most-populous country with legal marijuana and hemp next month – and, unlike its northern neighbor, Mexico is setting nationwide regulations to cover all forms of cannabis, no matter the THC content, instead of having a patchwork of laws for the two plants.

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20 de marzo 2020


La Organización Mundial de la Salud ha declarado al Coronavirus (COVID-19) como pandemia, situación que tiene al mundo expectante y con un seguimiento puntual de las medidas que los gobiernos toman día con día. Además de las implicaciones de salud pública, el impacto del COVID-19 ya se siente en las vidas de las personas y de las empresas.

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18 de marzo 2020

COVID-19: Implicaciones laborales para las Empresas

Derivado de la situación actual que ha generado el Coronavirus (COVID-19), ha surgido un ambiente de incertidumbre en la mayoría de las fuentes de trabajo en relación a las medidas preventivas y legales a tomar, es por lo que ante la posible declaratoria de contingencia sanitaria por parte de la Secretaría de Salud, nos permitimos hacer de su conocimiento lo siguiente: 

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11 de marzo 2020

First-ever podcast by Mexico’s National Cannabis Industry Association (ANICANN) with Luis Armendariz as a guest


05 de marzo 2020

Luis Armendariz quoted by Investing News on Senate Committee’s approval of Cannabis Bill

The Mexican Senate is getting ready to argue a policy that would legalize cannabis in the country.
Thanks to the alignment of the justice, health and legislative studies commissions in the Mexican Senate, the policy was approved and now heads to the Senate, where it will be discussed and reviewed.

The ruling from the three divisions was approved with a final vote of 26 compared to seven against while eight abstained on Wednesday (March 4).

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01 de marzo 2020


Contribution for the American Bar Association’s Food & Agriculture Task Force First Newsletter

Will marijuana be legal in Mexico?
Last year, the Supreme Court of Mexico ruled that the ban on personal cannabis use was illegal and ordered that the ban be lifted and that the cannabis market should be legally regulated.

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20 de febrero 2020


Import Ban for Electronic Cigarettes and Vaporizers
On February 19, 2020, the President issued a decree that modifies General Import and Export Law’s tariff sections 3824.90.83, 8543.70.18 and 8543.90.03 (the “Decree”). The Decree prohibits the import of electronic nicotine or nicotine-free consumption systems, electronic cigarettes and vaporizing devices, its solutions and mixtures for such devices.

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12 de febrero 2020


Senate issues Updated Cannabis Bill
On January 15, 2020, the Senate’s Justice and Health’s Committee issued an updated draft of the new Law for Cannabis Regulation (Ley de Regulacion del Cannabis) and other proposed amendments to related provisions in the General Health Law (Ley General de Salud or LGS) and our Federal Criminal Code (Codigo Penal Federal).

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Febrero 2020

Comentario de Luis Armendáriz para Animal Político

TODO SOBRE EL CBD ¿Legal en México?
¡Ah, la cannabis, esa planta tan amada y tan odiada por muchos! Aunque la marihuana es la forma más conocida de cannabis, esta plantita tiene un primo más seguro y medicinal: el cáñamo.

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09 de enero 2020


2019 Cannabis Year in Review
Following the 2017 amendments to the General Health Law (Ley General de Salud, or “LGS”) to legalize medical and scientific use of cannabis products with up to 1% of tetrahydrocannabinol, and then the 2018 landmark resolutions issued by the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice regarding cannabis recreational use, legalization advocates set great expectations for 2019.

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12 de diciembre, 2019

MJ Bizcon

In Limbo: Legalization in Mexico
As the Latin American cannabis economy ramps up, there is one country that is still working through the politics to make legalization a reality.  That country is Mexico.  In this session, an attorney at the forefront of legalization will overview how legalization efforts have evolved over the years and when can we expect Mexico to move forward with legislative efforts to become the largest adult-use market globally.

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06 de diciembre 2019


Extension for Passage of New Cannabis Law Granted
Just before the October 31, 2019 deadline set by the Mexican Supreme Court (SCJN) for the Senate to pass the new Law for Cannabis Regulation (Ley de Regulacion del Cannabis), the Senate, through its presiding Chairman Sen. Monica Fernandez, asked the nation’s highest court to grant an extension in order to allow for a more thorough review of the feedback received from different sets of legalization advocates.

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22 de octubre 2019


Draft of New Cannabis Law Issued
Just before midnight on October 17, 2019, the Senate’s Justice Committee issued what would purportedly be the draft of the new Law for Cannabis Regulation (Ley de Regulacion del Cannabis) to be submitted to general vote this week before the October 23 deadline.

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7 de octubre 2019

Preview of Medical Cannabis Rules by COFEPRIS

Dr. Jose A. Novelo, director of the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS) appeared before the Mexican Senate’s Health Committee to discuss the current government’s public health agenda. Not surprisingly, one of the main subjects discussed was the status of the long-awaited regulations for medical cannabis products. Dr. Novelo mentioned that COFEPRIS’ focus is mainly on health and sanitary risks, including scientific and research activities focused on public health needs, not recreational use.

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2 de octubre, 2019

Participation at the American Bar Association’s Cannabis Conference

On September 19 and 20, 2019 the American Bar Association held its first-ever conference on cannabis, titled “From Regs to Riches: Navigating the Rapidly Emerging Fields of Cannabis and Hemp Law”. Our partner, Luis Armendariz, participated at the panel on the topic “The global commoditization of marijuana and hemp: where in the world is cannabis headed?” speaking about the current status of regulation in Mexico and how cannabis and hemp companies can plan for their market entry. 

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30 de septiembre 2019

Mexico Cannabis update #8
New Cannabis Bills Introduced to Senate

In the past months, additional bills have been introduced in the Mexican Senate with the intention or regulating cannabis and hemp. As of today, a total of 13 initiatives o proposals to amend existing or enact new laws have been filed in the Senate in addition to another number of bills in the lower house of congress. (Click here to see a note by Marijuana Business Daily where Luis Armendariz is quoted on this.)

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Septiembre 2019

Regulación del CBD
Perspectiva general en México

Poco a poco se hace de mayor conocimiento que el cannabi-diol, mejor conocido como CBD que cuenta con múltiples usos.

En palabras de David DiSalvo, colaborador del sitio online de Forbes, "existe un mercado potencial de hasta 20,000 millones de dólares americanos".  Aquí es donde podemos vizualizar que hay un lugar para los productos medicinales, cosméticos y paliativos en México, considerando que se trata de un país vecino a los Estados Unidos.

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19 de septiembre 2019

Luis Armendariz quoted by Marijuana Business Daily

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.



22 de agosto 2019

Supreme Court urges Government to issue Cannabis Guidelines

The Mexican Supreme Court of Justice (SCJN) unanimously approved Justice Eduardo Medina Mora’s proposed draft of a ruling that orders the Health Secretariat and COFEPRIS to issue the necessary regulations for the medicinal use of cannabis and its derivatives within a 180 business days term. The ruling was issued after establishing that the Executive power breached the mandate of the June 2017 reform to the General Health Law that gave them 6 months to issue such regulations.

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14 de agosto 2019

Partnership with InStrag for Intelligence Reports and Lobbying Services

We are happy to announce our new partnership with InStrag, a public affairs firm based out of Mexico City. Jointly, we have put together a set of products and services designed to help foreign companies understand the status and development of cannabis and hemp regulation process in Mexico as well as provide the insight and capabilities to participate in such discussions through direct engagement with the authorities at both the Federal Congress and Executive Government. 

The following reports and services are now available:

  1. The Initial Cannabis and Hemp in Mexico Report
  2. The biweekly Mexican Cannabis Intelligence Reports
  3. Lobbying and Engagement with Authorities

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27 de abril 2019

Cancellation of COFEPRIS Guidelines.
On March 26, 2019, the Federal Commissioner for the Protection of Sanitary Risks (“COFEPRIS”), Mr. Jose A. Novelo Baeza, announced the revocation of the guidelines issued on October 30, 2018, for the import and sale of products with cannabis and its derivates.

The grounds for such action were largely based on omitted legal formalities for the issuance of government guidelines for general application, such as a publication beforehand in the Federal Official Gazette (Diario Oficial de la Federacion) and regulatory impact analysis by the Mexican Commission of Regulatory Improvement (Comision Nacional de Mejora Regulatoria). Reference was also made to the contradiction between import/export tax rules, which prohibit the importation of cannabis plants, and the now-revoked guidelines, which provided for the granting of import permits.

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25 de marzo 2019

Status of Proposed and Existing Regulation.

On March 19, 2019, the Secretariat of Health issued a press release informing the appearance of Secy. Jorge Alcocer before the Senate’s Health Committee to discuss the nation’s public health agenda. Among the top items was the status on the guidelines issued on October 30, 2018 by the Federal Commission for the Protection of Sanitary Risks (“COFEPRIS”) for the import and sale of products with cannabis and its derivates (reported here).

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15 de enero 2019

Luis Armendariz quoted by the Daily Business Journal (a law.com publication): Is Latin America the Next Big (Legal) Marijuana Market?

With the election last summer of a new president and a ruling by Mexico’s Supreme Court in October, Mexico may be the next country, following Canada, to legalize marijuana.

The ruling by Mexico’s high court marked the fifth time that prohibition on recreational marijuana consumption had been ruled unconstitutional. The number of rulings is significant, as five rulings create a precedent that applies to all of Mexico’s courts.

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09 de enero 2019

2019 Outlook for Cannabis in Mexico

Even though the process for cannabis legalization in Mexico started a few years ago, 2018 will be remembered as the year when cannabis activists saw efforts materialized in groundbreaking supreme court resolutions, regulatory amendments and proposed legislation. 

(Click here to view more on these developments).

Cannabis Update-Mexico


22 de noviembre 2018

Mexico issues first authorizations for cannabis products

Mexico issues first authorizations for cannabis products The Secretary of Health, through the Federal Commission for the Protection of Sanitary Risks (“COFEPRIS”) announced yesterday the authorization for the first 38 products with cannabis and its derivates, with no THC or psycho-active effects, to enter the Mexican market within the next five weeks.

Mexico Cannabis update


14 de noviembre 2018

The path towards a legal Cannabis industry in Mexico

Following significant regulatory trends in other countries such as neighbors the United States and Canada, Mexico began taking steps toward allowing the use of cannabis. The legislative process to amend certain provisions of the General Health Law (Ley General de Salud, or “LGS”) resulted in the June 19, 2017 publication of amendments1 acknowledging the therapeutic benefits of tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”), opening the door to the research and academic study of medicinal cannabis and, subject to a permit by the Federal Commission for the Protection of Sanitary Risks (“COFEPRIS”), allowing the importation of medications containing THC. At that time, cannabis products without a sanitary license, self-production, harvest, and possession of cannabis were still prohibited.

The path towards a legal Cannabis industry in Mexico

3 de agosto 2018

Nota en El Financiero sobre las actividades de nuestro cliente, Windstar Energy Resources, importando y comercializando gasoline y diésel en el norte de México.



Mayo 2018

Nuestra firma representó recientemente a Radians Inc. en los aspectos mexicanos del due-diligence y adquisición de Neese de México, parte del grupo de Neese Industries Inc. El equipo de CAAM Legal estuvo integrado por los Lics. Luis Armendáriz y Alan Zamarripa, y el P.D. Adalberto López.

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Marzo 06, 2018

Nota sobre el desarrollo del proyecto Torre Santa Fe, en el que nuestra firma participa como asesor legal.



14 de noviembre de 2016

Publicación del Lic. Luis Armendáriz en el boletín de agosto de la Sección de Energía, Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, de la American Bar Association, sobre actualización legal en la importación de gasolina, diésel y gas licuado de petróleo:


3 de abril de 2016

Portada de la revista PRO Magazine Chihuahua donde el Lic. Luis Armendariz aparece con sus compañeros de mesa directiva de la Asociación Nacional de Abogados de Empresa, Colegio de Abogados, A.C., Capítulo Chihuahua, el cual preside nuestro socio.


8 de octubre 2014

AALEGAL ahora es miembro de Lex Logística www.lexlogistica.com lo que ahora nos permite apoyar a nuestros clientes con trámites y juicios en 20 ciudades de México y 2 en Texas.

28 de agosto de 2014

Montage Legal Group aparece en la Revista Forbes. Frecuentemente trabajamos en proyectos para clientes de Montage en México y Latinoamérica, y a la vez nos apoyan para atender necesidades de nuestros clientes en Estados Unidos con excelentes abogados y a costos razonables.