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Cannabis Reform Takes Root in Mexico and South America

While much of the focus on legalizing marijuana is on the United State there are countries making real progress South of the border.

The Supreme Court in Mexico handed down a landmark ruling in November that declared overall prohibition unconstitutional. The case was brought by four individual citizens. The arguments were not some long list of regulatory details but instead a more fundamental question of basic human rights.

Initially the ruling only applies to the four plaintiffs who have since have been given special permits to grow, posses and use cannabis. However the high court’s decision has significantly moved the issue forward. In the wake of the ruling politicians are beginning to hold sessions around Mexico to explore how best to legalize marijuana in the country.

Mexico decriminalized possession of up to 5 grams of marijuana in 2009. This came with the downgrading of small amounts of all drugs in “personal...

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