In a historic 4-1 decision Wednesday, November 4th, 2015, the Mexican Supreme Court proclaimed that individuals should have the right to cultivate and transport cannabis for their personal use.
The ruling pertains to a single cannabis business, and does not actually impact the current cannabis laws in Mexico. However, the sensible ruling does reveal the distinct position of the Supreme Court on the personal consumption of cannabis.
Mexico has spent recent years fighting a deadly war against drug traffickers and cartels. Today’s ruling sets a precedent on which future defense cases can be built.
Like many nations across the world, the Mexican government is watching their outdated cannabis penalties diverting attention and resources away from far more serious drug supply chains. It has been argued that prosecution of minor drug offenses only increases youth criminalization and exposure, rather than actually preventing violent offenders.
The road for legal cannabis in Mexico will face many obstacles in the near future. Legislators, law enforcement officers, health officials and the Mexican government in general oppose cannabis legalization, along with the Catholic Church, hosting a congregation amounting to over 100 million people (some reports claim more, up to 92% of Mexico’s population).
With so many powerful forces still fighting against cannabis legalization, it is safe to say that this battle will not be won overnight. Most of the public still feels negatively about cannabis for personal use, but if the Court rules that illegal cannabis is unconstitutional, some sort of change is certain.
Mexico will continue to propose sensible cannabis legislation, and Smoke Reports will continue following legalization throughout North America. For the most up to date info on Smoke Reports, follow us on Twitter @smokereports or like us on our Facebook page.