The end of the prohibition of cannabis in Mexico announced by the Supreme Court

A long-awaited decision at the national level ending a wait caused by the Senate and its delays...

It is official, on this day of June 29, 2021, the Supreme Court of Mexico has lifted the prohibition of consumption and possession of cannabis for adult use. The prohibition judged as unconstitutional and representing a brake in the personal development of the individual's personality.

The passage of these new bills seemed difficult at first, as the plenary session had to gather a certain number of votes. Minister Norma Lucia Pina Hernandez had filed a general declaration of unconstitutionality in early June, which resulted in a vote of 8 in favor and 3 against ending the ban.

Following this long awaited decision, many things can finally change in Mexico concerning the substance. Possession as well as cultivation of cannabis for recreational purposes is now legal for adults over 18 years old. They will also be allowed to purchase up to 28 grams of cannabis for personal use and grow up to 6 plants.

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Thus, legalization is also synonymous with change as Kenzi Riboulet-Zemouli, president of the FAAAT, explains: "The vote by qualified majority of the judges is a breath of fresh air for the rights of the people using cannabis, including beyond Mexico. After those of South Africa and Georgia, the Mexican Supreme Court confirms that the absolute prohibition of cannabis constitutes a violation of human rights. Human rights are the same everywhere, so it is only a matter of time before this doctrine is extended to other countries that have human rights as an important part of their constitution.

However, the ministry will still retain some control over this development. Indeed, a regulation will be put in place on personal culture. A legal sales framework is also being considered in order to adopt laws as soon as possible to complement the latest decisions taken. A new regulatory body will not be put in place, the Chamber of Deputies has decided to call upon the National Commission against Drug Addiction to take on this role.

Thus, a great step forward for Mexico is taking place, but with some disappointment for supporters who were hoping for more, namely the cancellation of sanctions considered too severe towards cannabis.