Smoking weed has now been added as the latest human right in Mexico.
Mexico has catapulted itself into the list of nations that lean towards progressive ruling on prohibited drugs. A report published by New Scientist states that on November 4, the Mexican Supreme Court ruled 4 to 1 that prohibiting smoking, consumption, and cultivation of cannabis for personal violates the human right to free development of one’s personality.
“This vote by Mexico’s Supreme Court is extraordinary for two reasons. First, it’s being argued on human-rights grounds, and secondly it’s taking place in one of the countries that has suffered most from the war on drugs,” said Hannah Hetzer of the US Drug Policy Alliance.
While the ruling could be seen as a huge contradiction to the Mexican government’s long and public battle with cartels, it seems that the nation is gearing towards a more tolerant approach on cannabis use. Supporters of the legalization believe that if citizens are allowed to grow and smoke their own cannabis, it would take a major source of income from drug cartels, which will eventually reduce the nation’s gang turf wars.
At the moment, this particular ruling only applies to four people that bought the case to court. However, widespread legislation could follow in the near future.
In a report by Yahoo News, it is stated that President Enrique Pena Nieto opposes legalization, but firmly suggests that his government will gather medical experts and sociologists to debate and decide if legislation for legal marijuana use should push through.
While other countries have started on applying relaxed laws on cannabis use, Mexico is the only one that relied its ruling on human rights. Uruguay has created a regulated market for pot, while debates on approving bills on legalizing cannabis use in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Costa Rica are currently ongoing.
In the United States, Colorado, Alaska, Washington and Oregon, have legalized the medical use of cannabis, and the entirety of Canada is expected to follow suit.