Drug policy reformers claimed victory in Mexico City Wednesday after the country’s Supreme Court handed down two rulings legalizing cannabis for all forms of non-commercial adult use.
“The rulings pave the way for adults to use marijuana in any way they see fit. We aren’t just talking about recreational use,” Froylán Enciso, a drug policy researcher at Mexico’s social sciences institute, the CIDE, told UPI. In the first case, a plaintiff wanting to grow his own marijuana applied to the court for an “Amparo,” a form of constitutional protection from prosecution, so that he can plant, cultivate, harvest, prepare, possess and transport marijuana.
In the second case, another plaintiff also applied for an amparo to consume marijuana for recreational purposes.
“The court has found that marijuana can be used for rituals, for recreational use, for medical use, at work, for scientific investigations. For any adult use and that it cannot be penalized,” Enciso said.
The drug policy researcher said most people in prison in Mexico for drug crimes are incarcerated for possessing marijuana.
The next step toward legalization of cannabis for non-commercial purposes is that the Supreme Court must inform Mexico’s Congress within 90 days that prohibiting adult use is unconstitutional.
“When Congress declares marijuana prohibition unconstitutional in Mexico,” the drug policy researcher said, “The federal government of the United States will be the only prohibitionist jurisdiction left in North America. Canada now has legal marijuana. More than 30 states in the U.S. have some form of marijuana legalization. And now with Mexico legalizing consumption and production, the only drug warriors remaining in North America are President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.”
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