Dentons: Costa Rica: Who else wants to expand the Hemp and Cannabis business?


If you are in the Hemp and medical cannabis business and you are looking to expand your operations, Costa Rica has just become one of your newest opportunities.

Recently, the Costa Rican Government has signed and approved two regulations to Law 10113, Law on Cannabis for Medical and Therapeutical Use and Hemp for Food and Industrial Use. The first regulation signed by the President includes within its scope the rules and requirements to produce Hemp for industrial and alimentary use.

The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock are the 2 entities in charge of regulating and granted authorization to the companies who will operate in this market.

This new regulation grants two types of authorizations for the companies who want to develop and produce hemp in Costa Rica, for a period of six years and renewable for identical periods, which are the following:

  • The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock will regulate and grant authorizations for cultivation, production, and related hemp activities.
  • The Ministry of Health will regulate and grant authorizations to manufacture hemp derivatives and products of sanitary interest with hemp.

The second regulation for the medicinal use of cannabis aims to promote development through production, industrialization, and commercialization in the country. Therefore, from now on, it will be legal to apply for licenses for the export and import, growing, and industrialization of derivatives and medications containing psychoactive cannabis (THC) in our country.

The cannabis industry is a multibillion-dollar business that is expected to grow rapidly as new markets open, and more countries legalize both medical and therapeutic adult-use programs.

The cannabis industry is diverse and has many business options and available markets, making it, and our country, the ideal place for your business. Be the first to have your products carry the “Esencial Costa Rica” country brand, which will highlight your sustainable, natural products, developed in an environment of peace and well-being.


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Matt Maurer – Minden Gross
Jeff Hergot – Wildboer Dellelce LLP

Costa Rica
Tim Morales – The Cannabis Industry Association Costa Rica

Elvin Rodríguez Fabilena


Julie Godard
Carl L Rowley -Thompson Coburn LLP

Jerry Chesler – Chesler Consulting

Ian Stewart – Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
Otis Felder – Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
Lance Rogers – Greenspoon Marder – San Diego
Jessica McElfresh -McElfresh Law – San Diego
Tracy Gallegos – Partner – Fox Rothschild

Adam Detsky – Knight Nicastro
Dave Rodman – Dave Rodman Law Group
Peter Fendel – CMR Real Estate Network
Nate Reed – CMR Real Estate Network

Matthew Ginder – Greenspoon Marder
David C. Kotler – Cohen Kotler

William Bogot – Fox Rothschild

Valerio Romano, Attorney – VGR Law Firm, PC

Neal Gidvani – Snr Assoc: Greenspoon Marder
Phillip Silvestri – Snr Assoc: Greenspoon Marder

Tracy Gallegos – Associate Fox Rothschild

New Jersey

Matthew G. Miller – MG Miller Intellectual Property Law LLC
Daniel T. McKillop – Scarinci Hollenbeck, LLC

New York
Gregory J. Ryan, Esq. Tesser, Ryan & Rochman, LLP
Tim Nolen Tesser, Ryan & Rochman, LLP
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Paul Loney & Kristie Cromwell – Loney Law Group
William Stewart – Half Baked Labs

Andrew B. Sacks – Managing Partner Sacks Weston Diamond
William Roark – Principal Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin
Joshua Horn – Partner Fox Rothschild

Washington DC
Teddy Eynon – Partner Fox Rothschild