Mexico Welcomes Legal Marijuana

A narrow ruling by Mexico’s Supreme Court could eventually clear a path to make recreational use of marijuana legal. Four people in the Mexican Society for Responsible and Tolerant Personal Use will now be permitted to grow and smoke their own marijuana. Marijuana still cannot be sold in Mexico but some say the court’s ruling could lead to full legalisation.

Mexico has long struggled with violent conflict from drug cartels. The advocacy group first brought the case forward in 2013, seeking permission to grow plants for recreational use. The court voted 4-1 that prohibiting people from growing the drug for consumption was unconstitutional.

In a country that faces drug violence on a massive scale, this is a significant ruling. Although the ruling only applies to the individuals who brought the case to the Supreme Court, activists see this as a huge first step. Armando Santacruz was one of the plaintiffs. A prominent businessman here in Mexico, he has spearheaded the campaign and toldme he sees this as opening the door to many more cases.

But Mexicans are divided when it comes to the legalization of drugs. Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto has been firmly against any change to drug policy so the battle to legalise marijuana here has only just begun.

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