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Mexico’s Supreme Court To Decide On Right To Consume And Grow Marijuana


led cannabis grow lightsOn Wednesday, Mexico’s Supreme Court will debate whether the prohibition of the consumption and cultivation of marijuana for personal use is unconstitutional. The Court will determine whether the prohibition of the consumption of marijuana – and its cultivation for non-commercial ends – violates the human right to the free development of one’s personality. This landmark case could lead to the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes if followed up with legislation.

“This debate in Mexico’s Supreme Court is extraordinary for two reasons: because it is being argued on human rights grounds, and because it is taking place in one of the countries that has suffered the most from the war on drugs,” said Hannah Hetzer, Senior Policy Manager of the Americas at the Drug Policy Alliance.

The public debate on marijuana has surged in Mexico in recent months since the case of an 8-year old girl with epilepsy who became Mexico’s first medical marijuana patient made national and international headlines. The government granted the right to import and administer a cannabis-based treatment for the young patient.

“It is unprecedented for the Supreme Court to introduce a human rights dimension to the debate on drug policy,” said Lisa Sanchez, Latin American Programme Manager for Transform Drug Policy Foundation and México Unido Contra la Delincuencia. “If the Court recognizes that the prohibition of marijuana consumption and cultivation for non-commercial purposes limits the right to the free development of one’s personality, it may determine that various articles in the General Health Act are unnecessarily punitive. This could would give citizens the possibility to cultivate marijuana for personal use without having to turn to the underground market.”

Marijuana reform has gained unprecedented momentum throughout the Americas. In the United States, Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana for adults. In December 2013, Uruguay became the first country in the world to legally regulate marijuana. In Canada, the new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party have promised to legalize marijuana. There are currently medical marijuana legalization bills being debated in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico.

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  1. I agree that the U.S. is guilty of much arm twisting and that there are many corrupt politicians who would do anything for a peso. But there are many crazy people who still believe that the war on drugs can be won. BTW, I live in Mexico and I’m eagerly awaiting the results of the court.

  2. One member of the five has already stated that he or she will vote for it, leaving only half the rest, but I don’t know either.

  3. If the US Government stays out of the mix, Mexico will probably legalize. But we know the US loves to twist arms and bribe foreign governments with offers of cash and weapons. There are enough corrupt greedy Mexican power brokers to accept bribes. Ww shall see.

  4. Closet Warrior on

    While this sounds so progressive, don’t forget this is Mexico we’re talking about, one of the most corrupt governments on earth in the history of recent man. Their cartels offer two solutions to this-their plight, the removal of their main money generator and it is an offer of silver or lead. An offer hard to refuse by all depending where your heart or head is.

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