The Mexican Supreme Court this week said individuals should have the right to cultivate and use marijuana.
While the ruling wasn’t binding, it was widely viewed as opening the door to legal challenges that could ultimately legalize cannabis in our neighbor to the south.
In a 4-1 vote the court said Mexicans should have the right to possess pot for personal use.
The Drug Policy Alliance called it a “landmark case” that “could lead to the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes if followed up with legislation.”
The ruling follows the government’s allowance of cannabis medication for an 8-year-old girl with epilepsy.
The Drug Policy Alliance says the Americas are looking quite progressive when it comes to marijuana laws.
“This vote by Mexico’s Supreme Court is extraordinary for two reasons: it is being argued on human rights grounds and 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 DPA.
“Uruguay became the first country to legalize marijuana, Canada is expected soon to follow suit, medical marijuana initiatives are spreading throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and marijuana is legal in a number of U.S. states,” she said. “Now with this landmark decision out of Mexico, it is clear that the Americas are leading the world in marijuana reform.”