Mexico’s Supreme Court opens door to legalizing marijuana

The Supreme Court of Mexico on Wednesday granted an injunction for four people to plant, harvest and use marijuana for recreational purposes, which would lead to further liberalization since any citizen can appeal to the same legal criteria.

It is the first time that Mexico, a country plagued by violence of drug cartels, has adopted a measure of this kind, but at this point only legalize marijuana for the four plaintiffs in this case.

The four activists in the Mexican Society of Autoconsumo Responsible Tolerant (Smart) said the case would hit the finances of cartels and the violence caused by the ban of marijuana in the country. “We won!” exclaimed smiling with fists raised lawyer Francisco Torres Landa, one of four members of Smart.

The measure was approved in 4-1 vote on the five-justice panel.

But if the court rules the same way on five similar petitions, it would then establish the precedent to change the law and allow general recreational use of marijuana in Mexico.

A similar process led to the court’s recent ruling that Mexican laws prohibiting same-sex marriage are unconstitutional.

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