To address an issue raised by the OP. In my experience mahogany, all things attempted to be equal other than the wood for side and back, tends to have a more treble tone whereas rosewood tends to have a more bass tone. With the loss of hearing (to the OP, sorry to hear about your ABI) the wood choices may make a difference in that one wood may have better auditory penetrance than the other. A trip to Guitar Center might help--only to get a better fix of which wood, if any, allows for better penetrance. Even listening to steel strings may help.
As to rosewood and the new CITES dictates, the burden is on the guitar company (I believe they are based in Canada). Once you have the guitar the only burden will be if you attempt to sell the guitar across country lines. If you live in USA and want to sell the guitar within the USA there is, as I understand the law, no issue.
I see the OP lives in Rolling Meadows Illinois. If you decide to check out the auditory differences between the two woods you have a lot of options. There are a couple of Guitar Centers in Chicagoland, the closest is/was in Arlington Hts. You could try the Old Towne School of Music on Lincoln Ave or the Chicago Music Exchange also on Lincoln Ave.
be true to the one you love but have many flings with different guitars
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Jose Ramirez III