The Supreme Court of Mexico decriminalizes the recreational use of marijuana

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The Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico decriminalized the recreational use of marijuana for adults by declaring articles of the health law that prohibited it unconstitutional, the court announced yesterday.

“Today is a historic day for freedoms. After a long journey, this Supreme Court consolidates the right to free development of the personality for the recreational and recreational use of marijuana,” said the president of the court, Arturo Zaldívar, later that the decision was approved by eight of the 11 magistrates.

The ruling came after the deadline that the highest court had granted to Congress to issue legislation in this regard on April 30.

On March 10, the Chamber of Deputies had approved a bill in this regard, although a vote was lacking in the Senate, which had already endorsed the text in November, but which had to resume it after several changes in the lower house, reported the AFP news agency.

However, in early April, the ruling majority in the Senate said it was analyzing postponing the final discussion until September.

Ricardo Monreal, coordinator of the bench of the presidential party, Morena, said at the time that the regulations sent by the Chamber of Deputies had inconsistencies.

The declaration approved this Monday by the Supreme Court implies that those who want to use marijuana for recreational purposes can request a permit from the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris), and that this cannot be denied.

“What had happened on previous occasions was that Cofepris denied those permits and an amparo had to be processed,” explained Adriana Muro, director of the Human Rights organization Elementa.

“With the declaration no longer has to be processed, automatically that permission has to be given,” he concluded.