The production of cannabis in Colombia is regulated by two entities: the Ministry of Justice and Law (“MJ”) and the Ministry of Health and Social Protection (“MHSP”). They have the power to dictate regulations applicable to the harvest, processing, and production of cannabis and cannabis by-products in Colombia.
During August 2017, in an effort to supplement the regulations applicable to the production of cannabis, the MJ and the MHSP, issued three significant resolutions for investors interested in producing cannabis in Colombia.
1) Resolution No. 577 of 2017 (“Resolution 577”) issued by the MJ sets forth the rules for the supervision and monitoring of the licenses for the (i) sowing of cannabis seeds; (ii) harvest of psychoactive cannabis plants; and (iii) harvest of non-psychoactive cannabis plants. Resolution 577 also regulates the grounds for modification of the licenses, the security protocol in harvest areas, and the production and manufacturing quotas.
2) Resolution No. 578 of 2017 issued by the MJ, sets the tariffs applicable to the different processes concerning the cannabis licenses, such as applications, modifications, extraordinary authorizations, and allocation of additional production and manufacturing quotas.
3) Finally, Resolution No. 2892 of 2017 issued by the MHSP sets forth the technical regulations for the granting of the license to manufacture cannabis by-products, including additional obligations of the licensee, grounds for modification of the license, and rules related to the production and manufacturing quotas.
To see the full text of the resolutions, please enter the following links: