Mexico’s Supreme Court Rules To Decriminalize The Recreational Use Of Marijuana

Although Mexico is informally known to be a party destination, they maintained laws against drug use like marijuana. Then in 2017, the country legalized the medicinal use of the drug and followed up in 2018 by declaring the prohibition of cannabis unconstitutional. Now, any Mexican citizen over the age of 18 will be able to apply for a permit to use cannabis recreationally.

According to CNN, citizens can apply for the permit with the country’s health regulator, called the Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks (Cofepris). If their permit is granted, they can possess up to 28 grams of cannabis.

Those with permits will also be allowed to cultivate and harvest marijuana plants. The requirements echo those of possession, in which interested citizens must apply for a permit via Cofepris.

Mexico’s Supreme Court made the ruling to decriminalize the recreational use of the drug on Monday evening. The vote was 8-3 and falls in line with the recent push to decriminalize the drug “to reduce drug-fueled cartel violence” in Mexico. This bill made it to the Supreme Court after it struggled to pass in Congress, despite being signed by Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

CNN reports that before the legalization, Mexican citizens were allowed to access cannabis only through a court injunction. As the age requirement demonstrates, the court ruled in favor of not permitting minors to consume marijuana. Additionally, legal adults who use the drug “should not operate a vehicle or other dangerous activities after consuming it.”

As you may already know, the recreational use of marijuana in the U.S. is not decriminalized nationwide. However, according to Rolling Stone, more than half the country has legalized marijuana for recreational or medicinal use for adults over 18. These states are located across the map from California, Nevada and Arizona to New York, Virginia and Illinois.

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