Four plaintiffs in Mexico asked the nation’s Supreme Court to let them grow marijuana for their own use–and those four plaintiffs won in a 4-1 landmark decision.
The winning group that could pave the way for more broad legalization in Mexico goes by the Mexican Society for Responsible and Tolerant Personal Use and includes Armando Santacruz–who is not a medical patient but “a prominent businessman.”
While the bill doesn’t make any waves or allow full on medical marijuana, it’s the first step in more expected progress. Mexico and specifically, Mexico City, have been discussing both legalizing medical marijuana and decriminalizing/legalizing all forms of cannabis.
Those more liberal efforts still linger in the air, but as the judge ruling over this case points out, this decision should pave way for drastic change in Mexico:
People celebrated the ruling by smoking joints outside of the Supreme Court building.
When people start smoking joints publicly outside of a country’s Supreme Court…that’s a big deal. And the victory for four individuals is clearly indicative of a bigger, nationwide victory.
“If … this supreme court is taking such an important step toward legalization of drugs, or at least some of them, I suggest that we are equally careful and responsible in crafting a ruling of the same magnitude,” said Judge Jose Ramon Cossio, who voted in favour of the measure.
There are tens of thousands of drug-related killings in the country every year.
So why not try to curb at least some of those killings through legalization?
The country has been pressured to loosen its drug laws after the US made the drug legal in certain states.
In 2009, Mexico made it legal to carry up to 5 grams (.18oz) of marijuana. [BBC]
Like Canada…and like America…and like Jamaica and a grip of other nations, legal weed seems to be inevitable for Mexico.