Mexico

Fri
06
Nov

Mexico: A big win for marijuana

High spirits. As most everyone knows by now, the Mexican Supreme Court issued a ruling yesterday opening the door to marijuana self-grows. Some details from El Daily Post: “Mexico's Supreme Court ruled on Wednesdaythat growing, possessing and smoking marijuana for recreation are legal under a person's right to personal freedoms. The five-justice panel approved the measure in a 4-1 vote. At this point, the ruling covers only the plaintiffs in one case, a group of people wanting to form a pot club. The ruling did not approve the sale or commercialization of marijuana, and it is not expected it will lead to general legalization.

Fri
06
Nov

Seven Things to Know about Mexico Legalizing Marijuana

Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled on marijuana use on November 4. 

In a 4-to-1 vote, the first chamber of Mexico’s Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling on November 4 that allowed for limited legalization of recreational marijuana use. While the ruling only grants legal rights to the original four plaintiffs in the case, proponents of the ruling see this as the first step in a chain that could bring legalization to the whole country.

Below, we break down what you need to know about marijuana prohibition in Mexico and what are the next steps.

Fri
06
Nov

Still a Long Way to go Before Marijuana Becomes Legal in Mexico

A marijuana-themed magazine in Mexico was always going to represent a challenge to the authorities who have the power to prohibit publications considered to run counter to "proper customs." Yet now that the Mexican supreme court has opened the door to the possible legalization of recreational use of the drug, the magazine's publishers feel that they have morality-based regulations on the back foot.

"Let's celebrate the beginning of change!" the magazine Cañamo México posted on its Facebook page after the court voted on Wednesday in favor of permitting four individuals to cultivate, transport and consume marijuana for fun. Subsequent posts focused on infographics detailing the ruling's consequences.

Fri
06
Nov

Concerns over Marijuana Ruling in Mexico

Together, they form the Mexican Society for Responsible and Tolerant Personal Use, whose Spanish acronym spells “SMART“, hoping the Supreme Court will rule in their favor on Wednesday.

The court’s decision could hasten efforts by Mexico’s states to change their drug laws, which have so far yet to advance beyond limited debate over the use of medical marijuana.

Fri
06
Nov

Legalize it? Mexican cartels' pot sales could go up in smoke

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - For Mexico City anti-narcotics cop Nieto Lara, a decision by the country's Supreme Court that could eventually lead to the legalization of marijuana means only one thing: major cartels abandoning the drug and focussing on harder stuff.

Wednesday's landmark Supreme Court ruling would allow four people to grow and consume the plant for recreational use in a country ravaged by a decade of drug violence, but any nationwide legalization of marijuana is likely years away.

Thu
05
Nov

Mexico marijuana decriminalisation will help the poor 'supplier' nations

An absurd status quo has held sway in Mexico, ever since the United States began to legalise marijuana, for medical, and, more recently, recreational use. The nation – encouraged by Washington – has some of the strictest drug laws in Latin America. 

But the vast majority of the marijuana it produces ends up in the US. So Mexican law enforcement officials – complying with the demands of their American counterparts – have been expending massive resources on preventing the growth and trafficking of a drug that is often, by the time it ends up being smoked within US borders, entirely legal.

Thu
05
Nov

Mexico Supreme Court Finds Marijuana Cultivation Constitutional

Mexico’s Supreme Court on Wednesday gave the green light to growing marijuana for recreational use in a landmark decision that could lead to legalization in a country with a bloody history of conflict with drug cartels.

Four people in the Mexican Society for Responsible and Tolerant Personal Use will now be permitted to grow and smoke their own marijuana.

Wednesday’s ruling covers only the four plaintiffs.

Thu
05
Nov

Mexico’s Marijuana Ruling Shakes Up Drug Policy

The pungent smell of marijuana smoke drifted through the air outside Mexico’s Supreme Court as legalization activists puffed and waited for judges to make their ruling. When it came, it sparked up cheers and more joints. Four out of five Supreme Court justices had voted in favor of a lawsuit by plaintiffs who argued that it was unconstitutional to stop them growing, possessing or consuming cannabis. The ruling only applies to the plaintiffs – four activists from a cannabis club called the Mexican Society for Responsible and Tolerant Personal Use, or SMART. But it sets a powerful precedent that could shake up drug laws in Mexico and across the region.

Thu
05
Nov

Mexico’s Supreme Court Opens Door to Legalizing Marijuana Use

The Mexican Supreme Court opened the door to legalizing marijuana on Wednesday, delivering a pointed challenge to the nation’s strict substance abuse laws and adding its weight to the growing debate in Latin America over the costs and consequences of the war against drugs.

Wed
04
Nov

Ruling in Mexico Sets Into Motion Legal Marijuana

The Mexican Supreme Court opened the door to legalizing marijuana on Wednesday, delivering a pointed challenge to the nation’s strict substance abuse laws and adding its weight to the growing debate in Latin America over the costs and consequences of the war against drugs.

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