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Mexico: The World’s Next Largest Cannabis Market

The evolution of the legalization of cannabis in Mexico and how it may become the next world’s largest cannabis market.




Carla Pareja Paris, associate at Zuber Lawler, and Julio Sanchez, Partner at HSC Business Consulting discuss the evolution of the legalization of cannabis in Mexico and how it may become the next world’s largest cannabis market.

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About Julio Sanchez y Tepoz:
Passionate for Sanitary Regulation, he has a college degree in Law from the Escuela Libre de Derecho, located in Puebla, and a Master´s Degree in Economic Development from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Most recently he obtained a Specialization in Strategy form Harvard University, and has vast experience in health, foreign trade, regulatory economics, competition policy, investigation of monopolistic practices, growth and competitiveness, foreign investment, legal reasoning, advertising, intelligence, among others.

Throughout his professional career, he has held various positions in different Institutions of the Mexican Federal Government such as, Legal analysis and international cooperation for the Justice Attorney with  Europe and Latin America at the Attorney General´s Office, Legal Director of Investigations of Monopolistic Practices at the Federal Commission of Economic Competition, General Director of Procedures at the Federal Consumer Protection Office and Coordinator of International Analysis at the Intelligence Unit at the Federal Police.


His most recent position was as Federal Commissioner at the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks. He joined in March 2011 as Chief of Staff to the Federal Commissioner, a position he held until July 2012 when he was appointed Commissioner of Sanitary Outreach, and in March 2016, he was appointed Federal Commissioner, a position he held until November of 2018.

Currently, he is the Founding President of the Latin American Association of Regulatory Affairs Professionals, “ALó ProScience”, an international non-profit academic organization focused on the promotion of Good Regulatory Practices and Regulatory Convergence in Latin America.

In 2019 he became the Lead Professor of the Sanitary Law Specialty at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and a Member of the Board of Directors of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) for the period 2020- 2025.

Julio Sánchez y Tépoz is currently Partner at HSC Business Consulting, an international firm specialized in Regulatory Affairs and Life Sciences, with presence in Mexico and Latin America.

About Carla Pareja Paris:
Carla focuses on corporate transactions and regulatory matters, often in relation to Europe and Latin America. She has been representing cannabis companies for most of her legal career. After graduating from a top university in Spain, she earned her LL.M from USC School of Law. She works in Spanish and Portuguese.


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