Mexican Supreme Court Rules That Citizens Can Grow And Distribute Marijuana

The Mexican supreme court ruled, in early November of 2015, that people must have the right to grown and distribute marijuana for personal use. This ruling changes the nation's course on drug policy, keeping in mind that there was little need to put behind bars individuals for gathering crops that are being transported to the United States for legal consumption.

Mexico has actually long been involved in the US "War on Drugs." “Every country in the world signed up to a treaty that prescribed a prohibitionist and criminalized approach to dealing with drugs that was one-sided,” said John Walsh, a senior associate at the Washington Office on Latin America, a human rights group. “That basic response doesn’t work anymore.”

One extremely reliable method to lower crime and normalize society is to overturn laws that are not enforceable. The war on drug users has actually proven highly inefficient and has been challenged in countries such as Brazil, Columbia, Chile and the United States, where there are laws are being passed to permit for using drugs that were formerly forbidden.

The Mexican court did not focus on the financial gain that can be had from gathering and distributing the crop, but decided that it is a person's right to engage in recreational activities that do not damage others.

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