Mexico Supreme Court Rules Cannabis Prohibition Unconstitutional, Violates Human Rights

By Drug Policy Alliance

mexicoToday, in a 4 to 1 vote, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that the prohibition of the consumption and cultivation of marijuana for personal use is unconstitutional. The Court determined that the prohibition of the consumption of marijuana – and its cultivation for non-commercial ends – violates the human right to the free development of one’s personality. This landmark case could lead to the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes if followed up with legislation.

“This vote by Mexico’s Supreme Court is extraordinary for two reasons: it is being argued on human rights grounds and it is taking place in one of the countries that has suffered the most from the war on drugs,” said Hannah Hetzer, Senior Policy Manager of the Americas at the Drug Policy Alliance. “Uruguay became the first country to legalize marijuana, Canada is expected soon to follow suit, medical marijuana initiatives are spreading throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and marijuana is legal in a number of U.S. states. Now with this landmark decision out of Mexico, it is clear that the Americas are leading the world in marijuana reform.”

The public debate on marijuana has surged in Mexico in recent months since the case of an 8-year old girl with epilepsy who became Mexico’s first medical marijuana patient made national and international headlines. The government granted the right to import and administer a cannabis-based treatment for the young patient.

Marijuana reform has gained unprecedented momentum throughout the Americas. In the United States, Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana for adults. In December 2013, Uruguay became the first country in the world to legally regulate marijuana. In Canada, the new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party have promised to legalize marijuana. There are currently medical marijuana legalization bills being debated in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico.


6 thoughts on “Mexico Supreme Court Rules Cannabis Prohibition Unconstitutional, Violates Human Rights”

  1. Does anyone really think we need the system of Representation anymore? We have the Internets and the Reps are not representing us anymore anyways. They only Rep their Masters – the Multi National Corps – not us. They despise us and we can get none of them to move on our behalf because we don’t really matter.

    I propose we just get rid of our representative gov’t and then we can really gain control and be represented by ourselves.

    Oh, and by the way, the first order of business is to put those who have violated our rights and freedoms on a daily basis in jail where they belong until they pay back all that they owe us.

  2. Gotta rally the troops to support Bernie Sander’s recently introduced legislation to legalize cannabis at the federal level. Talk to your congresspeople- the more cosponsors the better.

  3. This should be happening in Pennsylvania I was arrested at age 11 for possession now the government tells the truthbullshit. Hell we could live of the sweds alone plus hemp could make all we do today an then so. Free weed for everyone.


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