Mexico

Thu
12
Nov

Mexico’s marijuana legalization could ease drug war

Mexico may soon enter an elite club composed of Holland, Portugal, Uruguay and Colorado, Oregon and Washington state: It’s on the verge of excluding marijuana from the destructive war on drugs. But will the United States stand in its way?

Tue
10
Nov

Two-thirds of Mexicans oppose pot legalization: poll

Two-thirds of Mexicans oppose the legalization of marijuana, an opinion poll showed on Tuesday, days after the Supreme Court opened the door to legalizing cannabis.

But 63 percent are in favor of a debate on whether to end the country's marijuana prohibition, according to the survey published by El Universal newspaper.

The telephone poll was taken on November 6 and 7 among 1,000 adults, two days after the top court authorized four individuals to grow marijuana for their personal consumption.

Tue
10
Nov

Mexican President Rules Out Marijuana Legalization

But he said he was willing to listen to other opinions.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said Monday he opposes any eventual legalization of marijuana, five days after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of four people who wanted to grow pot for personal use.

Pena Nieto said in a speech that "for me it would not be desirable, I am not in favor of an eventual legalization of marijuana," but said he was willing to listen to other opinions.

The president said he welcomed a debate on the question, and invited doctors, sociologists and other academics to contribute, but said it "should in no way represent an opening for the consumption of much more dangerous drugs."

Tue
10
Nov

Mexico Senator Introduces Medical Marijuana Measure

A senator from President Enrique Pena Nieto's governing party introduced a bill Tuesday that would allow patients easier access to cannabis-based medicines, a week after a ruling by Mexico's Supreme Court that cracked open a door to recreational marijuana use.

The measure does not propose wholesale legalization of medical marijuana but rather seeks to permit the importation of cannabis and derivatives for medicinal purposes. Domestic pot production would still be prohibited.

Tue
10
Nov

Smoking weed is now a human right in Mexico

Is smoking weed a human right? Days after voters in the US state of Ohio rejected a proposal to legalise cannabis for recreational use, Mexico has ruled that smoking pot is a fundamental human right.

The Mexican Supreme Court ruled by 4 to 1 that banning the consumption and cultivation of cannabis for personal use violates the human right to free development of one’s personality.

The ruling only applies to the four individuals who brought the case to court, but widespread legalisation may follow.

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Tue
10
Nov

Two-thirds of Mexicans against decriminalizing marijuana: poll

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Two-thirds of Mexicans are against decriminalizing marijuana, according to an opinion poll published on Tuesday, just days after a Supreme Court ruling that opened the door to an eventual legalization.

Some 66 percent of people polled in the telephone survey by El Universal newspaper opposed the legalizing the drug. But 63 percent said they backed a wide-ranging debate on marijuana legislation in Mexico, which has suffered a decade of vicious drug violence that has killed tens of thousands.

Tue
10
Nov

Is Smoking Weed a Human Right?

Last week, just a day after voters in Ohio rejected a constitutional amendment to legalize the recreational and medical use of marijuana, Mexico’s Supreme Court headed in a different direction: The country’s top justices concluded that national laws making it illegal to personally produce, possess, and consume marijuana violated the rights of Mexicans. The ruling itself has received considerable attention, but the rationale behind it less so.

Tue
10
Nov

Mexican president to open debate on marijuana laws

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto says he will open a national debate to review the country's marijuana laws ahead of a key United Nations meeting next year, following a landmark court ruling.

Speaking a few days after Mexico's Supreme Court ruled to allow four plaintiffs to grow and smoke pot recreationally in a decision that could eventually open the door to marijuana legalisation, Pena Nieto said he was not personally in favour of legalisation as it could induce people to taking harder drugs.

However, he has asked the Interior Ministry to bring together various specialists, including academics, doctors and sociologists, to debate the future of marijuana regulation in Mexico, which has suffered a decade of gruesome drug violence.

Tue
10
Nov

A SMART Decision for Cannabis Legalization in Mexico

Last Wednesday, November 4th, the Mexican Supreme Court heard a case regarding whether or not individuals had a human right to use cannabis. This case began in 2013, when the Sociedad Mexicana de Autoconsumo Responsable y Tolerante (SMART), a Mexican cannabis advocacy group, petitioned the Federal Commission against Health Risks (COFEPRIS) for the legal right to cultivate, consume, and possess cannabis because it is a human right.

Sat
07
Nov

Mexico Supreme Court Rules Cannabis “A Human Right”

Mexico have ruled that outlawing possession and use of cannabis represents a fundamental violation of human rights for Mexican citizens. 

Mexico’s Supreme Court voted 4-to-1 in favour of the ruling, which now gives lawmakers a very promising political case to introduce marijuana reform bills at both the state and federal level in Mexico.

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