Mexico: The Supreme Court approves the use of Cannabis

Mexico: The Supreme Court approves the use of Cannabis

The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) determined in October 2018 that the prohibition of cannabis is unconstitutional in Mexico.

The Supreme Court relied on 8 precedents to endorse its use for personal purposes. All federal judges must attend or grant protection resources for those who wish to consume, extract or plant cannabis for such purposes.

"The absolute prohibition of cannabis pursues validated constitutional rights," said the SCJN before the opinion that this prohibition is not proportional in terms of the objectives pursued by the general health law in the protection of this right.

Everything seems to be that this is the prelude to finally provide protection to medicinal and non-medicinal users in Mexico, and perhaps reduce the rates of violence in the country due to illegal drug trafficking, a situation that worries the Executive.

Since the SCJN notified congressmen on February 13, they have a window of up to 90 days to legislate on the sale and non-medicinal cultivation. The political banks have already presented their proposals.

But what does the UN say

For the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) of the United Nations (UN), "the legalization of the use of cannabis for non-medical purposes contravenes the international drug control treaties."

This UN body refers in its 2018 report to the October decision of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) to consider that the decriminalization of recreational use of cannabis -or for non-medical purposes- is unconstitutional because adults have a "Fundamental right to free development of personality" without interference from the State.

This body warns that "legalizing the use of cannabis for non-medical purposes is likely to increase its use among adults by making cannabis more widely available, even at a lower price and in more potent forms, such as concentrates."

Among the risks, the INCB mentions a probable growth in injuries caused by traffic accidents, psychoses and "poor psychosocial outcomes in adolescents."

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Video: Mexico closer to legalizing marijuana (September 2021).