Today Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that laws that outlaw the possession and consumption of marijuana equates with a violation of human rights.
The decision was based on the principle in the Mexican Constitution of “the right to the free development of one’s personality.” The Court had been challenged by an advocacy group on the grounds that the government had no right to prevent them from possessing and consuming cannabis. The way the law works in Mexico, the four plaintiffs may now possess and consume legally, but not everyone else. While marijuana will remain illegal in in the country, this ruling provides an opportunity for some lawmakers to move forward with reform efforts to change that.
With the devastation that the cartels and the war on drugs has brought to Mexico, some hope that this could be the foreshadowing of a new day, an evolution in the way society and the justice system views marijuana.