Mexico's Supreme Court rules marijuana ban unconstitutional
Mexico’s Supreme Court laid down what seems to be a landmark ruling earlier this week that a full ban on recreational marijuana use was “unconstitutional.” The decision is the fifth ruling on the matter in favor of allowing recreational use in the country, meaning both that lower courts will have to follow the Supreme Court’s lead, and that legislators in Mexico will likely have to look at the law there and allow citizens to have access to the drug.
“The effects caused by marijuana do not create an absolute prohibition on its consumption,” the ruling reads in part. Mexico’s president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s administration has said that part of their plan would be to develop legalization laws quickly, with the intent of lowering both poverty and crime. Of course, with the court’s ruling on this issue, the laws haven’t changed at all, but the court has essentially told Mexico’s legislators to get to regulating the drug, instead of just banning it outright.
This ruling follows, of course, on many American states’ efforts to legalize the drug, and came just a few weeks after Canada rolling out its own legalization plans. Very quickly now, all of the arguments (and some of the laws) against marijuana are all falling away into history.