How to get a Cannabis License in Peru

How to get a Cannabis License in Peru

Could Peru be the next cannabis hot spot in Latin America?

Medical cannabis has been legal in Peru since 2017. Yet, the South American country has been slow to regulate and implement comprehensive marijuana programs. Groups of patients have historically provided Peruvian medical marijuana patients with access but changes may be on the horizon.

Cannabis legalization has become a major trend in Latin America. The climate makes it very suitable for production as nations like Peru are capable of producing up to five harvests per year. With this hospitable natural climate, it makes sense for countries like Canada to import cannabis from regions that require less energy input to combat cooler climates where cannabis plants do not thrive as well. Indeed, the cannabis market is gradually globalizing and Peru could be another player on the rise. Continue reading for a comprehensive guide to help you become a licensed cannabis producer in Peru.

Cannabis Legalization and Commercialization in Peru

The lack of regulation and absence of formalized medical marijuana programs in Peru means that there have been minimal business opportunities. Peru decriminalised marijuana possession of up to 8 grams for personal consumption, yet that does not mean there are easy legal channels to obtain the flower. Basically, patients struggle to access legal cannabis. Current legislation allows pharmaceutical laboratories to produce medical cannabis, but few have taken advantage of this option. A 2022 article from High Times reported that The Peruvian Ministry of Health (MINSA) is currently seeking public opinion to help shape an anticipated update to Peru’s marijuana laws [1].

Cannabis legalization has become a major trend in Latin America. The climate makes it very suitable for production as nations like Peru are capable of producing up to five harvests per year.

Through future legislation, patient collectives hope to maintain their ability to provide cannabis access. However, the limited number of collectives means that many patients are still left out. Because of this, it is likely that Peru will offer more opportunities to commercial cannabis growers in the near future. Canopy Growth, Plena Global, VerdeMed Pharma, and a few other companies approved their products in 2021. As of 2022, only one reported pharmacy in Peru dispenses medical cannabis [4]. However, it has been reported that over 7,000 people urgently need access to medical cannabis [3]. The medical conditions that allow for prescribing of cannabis include nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy, weight loss and appetite loss due to cancer or HIV, seizures, and pains and spasms related to multiple sclerosis.

Cannabis Regulations in Peru

Law N° 30681 was enacted in November 2017 and made it legal for individuals and companies to use, investigate, produce, import and commercialize cannabis and cannabinoid products for medical purposes [2,3]. Regulations of Law N° 3068 (Decree 005-2019-SA) were published in 2019. The regulations distinguish between hemp and marijuana with hemp (non-psychoactive cannabis) being defined as having less than 1% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Since few hemp and CBD products are regulated, an unregulated CBD market has risen which is somewhat problematic for the push for further cannabis legislation[4].

Getting a Cannabis License in Peru

Peruvian law has three types of cannabis licenses [2,3]. There are licenses for scientific investigation, licenses for import and trade, and licenses for production. The cannabis production license may be granted to public entities and certified pharmaceutical laboratories. This means that a cannabis grower must be a certified laboratory, which is not how most cannabis growers organize their business in Canada or the US. Requirements for applying for a cannabis license in Peru are not entirely clear, but it has been reported that detailed information such as agricultural production plans and security protocols are required [4].

To get a cannabis production license in Peru, the endeavour has to begin with starting a certified pharmaceutical laboratory. This means working with multiple ministries that seem to lack a streamlined process [3]. The first ministry of concern is The Ministry of Health division Dirección General de Medicamentos, Insumos y Drogas (DIGEMID) which has authority over the production, importation and commercialization licensing processes. Cannabis research licenses in Peru are administered by The Ministry of Agriculture’s Instituto Nacional de Innovación Agraria (INIA). Cannabis security-related issues are the responsibility of The Ministry of Interior’s Dirección Antidrogas (Dirandro). The Ministry of Agriculture Servicio Nacional de Sanidad Agraria (SENASA) is responsible for regulating cannabis seeds which may be imported from Colombia or the US [3,4].

Since cannabis companies in Peru must be certified pharmaceutical laboratories, the cannabis products that are produced are also handled differently. Cannabis products must have sanitary registration with the Health Ministry, DIGEMID [3]. They may also be dispensed as an imported product with special authorization for individual use, or as magistral preparations for individual treatment, prepared by a pharmaceutical chemist in an authorized pharmacy or equivalent. Cannabis biomass leftovers are not allowed to be used or re-purposed and must be incinerated [4].

Cannabis in Peru: Looking Forward

Starting a cannabis business in Peru may seem like a daunting process, but when you work with expert consultants like GrowerIQ you’ll have the support and software you need to satisfy regulators. Latin America is a new frontier in the cannabis industry with abundant opportunities to explore. Big cannabis firms are already moving into Peru, so this is a great time to start the application process.

The mere fact that you found your way to this article is remarkable, we’re sure that you’re an ambitious grower. The oppourtunity in international trade does not end here. We have written guides on getting your cannabis license for more countries, such as Argentina, St. Vincent, Switzerland, and Denmark. Check out our guides over here: Cannabis License in Argentina, How to Get a Cannabis License in St. Vincent, How to Get a Cannabis License in Switzerland, and Cannabis License in Denmark.

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Peru has a long way to go before its government considers legalizing recreational cannabis. For now, businesses can only sell via approved Peruvian laboratories with one of the three approved types of licenses. Sounds complicated? GrowerIQ makes the application simple. Click the button below or fill out the sign-up form to get in touch with our experts.

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