Mexico Moves Closer To Legalising Cannabis
The Mexican Supreme Court has set a new precedent for the nation's marijuana laws, as a small group of recreational users is given the right to grow and smoke their own supply.
The court ruling, which was won by a majority 4-1 vote, granted four members of the pro-cannabis group “Smart” the right to grow, transport and smoke cannabis, with full protection from the authorities. It is worth noting, this protection only applies to the four people in question, but it opens up the floodgate for more people to argue the same case, and be granted the right to grow and use for personal use.
Smart argued to the courts that current drug policy was both ineffective and regressive, criminalising everyday people, and interfering with their lives. They also argued that there was no proof that legalisation results in an increase in drug use or violence, and that if anything, there is evidence to suggest the opposite happens.
The court agreed and ruled that prohibition of recreational marijuana was an affront to personal liberty and freedom.
MEXICO’S GREEN FUTURE
So, why is this so significant for the country? Well, to put it simply, there is no reason why these four should be able to use cannabis while others cannot. It is something the courts realise, and are now putting the issue forwards to legislative and executive branches for further analysis. The precedent set will allow anyone in a similar situation to these four to argue that they allowed it in the Smart case, so they must for them. Despite cannabis being illegal in Mexico, this paradigm shift may force through legislation, as the supreme court has basically said the law politicians enforce is unlawful.
President Enrique Peña Nieto, who opposed the legalisation of drugs, took to Twitter to say he respected the court’s decision, and that it opened a debate as to whether regulation can be used to reduce drug use.
One thing is for certain, Mexico has suffered the brunt of the War on Drugs, with tens of thousands of people being murdered or having gone missing as a direct result of it – not to mention the disruption to life and misery it has wrought throughout the entire nation. Any challenge to the law that enables the War on Drugs is a step in the right direction. Let’s just hope this court ruling maintains its momentum.