Mexican Supreme Court votes to legalize marijuana

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Mexican Supreme Court votes to legalize marijuana

Post by notsofasteddie » Mon 6th Aug 2018 04:19 pm

Mexican Supreme Court votes to legalize marijuana


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In Mexico, supporters of drug reform have been celebrating a decision from the Supreme Court of Mexico that could lead to the legalization of marijuana. This highly controversial rule would allow people to grow the plant for private consumption. A panel of five judges ruled in favor of a nonprofit marijuana club in Mexico, even though drugs and dealing with drugs has claimed thousands of lives in Mexico. Nonetheless, this ruling changes the country’s course on drug policy.

John Walsh, a senior associate at the Washington Office on Latin America, said, “Every country in the world signed up to a treaty that prescribed a prohibitionist and criminalized approach to dealing with drugs that was one-sided, That basic response doesn’t work anymore.”

The Mexican supreme court determined that there was no reason to imprison people for harvesting plants that have already been okayed for transfer to the United States for legal use. Some say this could decrease crime and normalize society. Also, the court ruled that marijuana is every individual’s right, as long as it have no negative impacts or harms other people.

Lisa Sánchez, Latin America program manager for the U.K. said “This is a very important step. It not only gives us jurisprudence. It demonstrates an incoherence between the country’s most qualified jurists and congressional legislation. This should have an effect on Congress to reform [drug] policy as soon as possible.”

Justice Olga Sánchez said, “This court recognized the reach of personal freedom, People decide the course of their lives.”

The case was brought before the court by an executive Mexican professional, Armando Santacruz. He said, “It will force Congress and the executive to move in a certain direction,”.

Some have spoken in favor of this supreme court decision because selling marijuana illegally makes it very costly and puts the industry in the hands of organized crime. This new rule will be an obstacle for drug gangs who routinely corrupt law-enforcement institutions in countries such as Mexico. Statics says that crimes related to drugs have killed more than 100,000 Mexicans and left more than 20,000 people missing.

Enrique Peña Nieto, the current Mexican President, has tweeted that his government respects this decision by his panel of judges. He further said that “this will open a debate about the best regulation to inhibit drug consumption.” The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said it had no comment on the ruling.





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Re: Mexican Supreme Court votes to legalize marijuana

Post by redeyezman » Tue 7th Aug 2018 12:09 am

Guess CIA proxy wars will only have to be funded by cocain and heroin. No money left in cannabis.
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Post by notsofasteddie » Thu 1st Nov 2018 12:53 pm

History Made: Mexico’s Supreme Court Strikes Down Cannabis Prohibition


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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Supreme Court issued two more rulings Wednesday ordering that complainants in individual cases be allowed to use marijuana for recreational purposes, establishing a precedent that a blanket prohibition on pot is unconstitutional.

'The effects provoked by marijuana do not justify an absolute prohibition of its consumption,' the court ruled.

The court found that adults have a fundamental right to personal development which lets them decide their recreational activities without interference from the state.

“That right is not absolute, and the consumption of certain substances may be regulated, but the effects provoked by marijuana do not justify an absolute prohibition of its consumption,” the ruling said.

Sets a National Precedent

The high court ordered the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk to authorize the complainants to consume marijuana, though not to commercialize it or use other drugs.

The two decisions followed three similar ones between 2015 and 2017, and under Mexican law five decisions on a related issue set a standard that applies more broadly.

“With the existence of five precedents in the same vein on the subject, the judgment will be mandatory for all courts in the country,” the high tribunal concluded.

It’s Like Decrim, not Full Legalization

The rulings technically do not legalize recreational use, however. They establish that courts must allow it, but it is still up to each individual to press his or her case in the judicial system.

Mexico saw something similar happen in recent years with five Supreme Court rulings establishing a broader precedent allowing same-sex couples to wed, though same-sex marriage has yet to become the law of the land nationwide.

Mexico United Against Crime, a group that opposes prohibitionist drug policies, said Wednesday’s rulings “open the door to regulation of cannabis” and confirm that “Mexico must move toward the regulation of drugs to improve conditions of justice and peace in the country.”

Next: Formal Legalization in Congress

Formal legalization would be up to Congress, and the group urged lawmakers to act.

“The Supreme Court has done its job. … The responsibility for issuing the corresponding regulation falls on congress,” the group’s director general, Lisa Sanchez, said in a statement.

Mexico has long been the source of marijuana smuggled into the United States. The rulings from Mexico’s Supreme Court come after many U.S. states have legalized pot in recent years for medicinal purposes, recreational use or both.



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Re: Mexican Supreme Court votes to legalize marijuana

Post by Smirks » Thu 1st Nov 2018 02:43 pm

Viva Mexico!

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