Mexico Gets Closer to Legalizing Recreational Weed

Mexico Gets Closer to Legalizing Recreational Weed

It’s been a year since medical marijuana became legal in Mexico. Recreational weed might not be too far behind.

All cannabis was illegal in Mexico until June 2017 when president Enrique Peña Nieto signed legislation allowing the use of medical marijuana. Low-THC, high-CBD medication is now available for patients with a prescription. It’s also possible for them to grow their own medical marijuana at home. Recreational cannabis consumption is still prohibited, however.

There are several ways to initiate the legalization of marijuana. In the United States, states have put it up for a vote, leaving it up to the residents to decide. Lawmakers can also create new acts of law, allowing the (medical) use of marijuana.

In Mexico, however, several lawsuits have been filed over the last few years, as MerryJane.com points out, “arguing against the constitutionality of prohibition.” The rulings of the court allowed some people to consume marijuana, but not the whole country.

Five consistent rulings by the Mexican Supreme court are necessary before the judgment can be applied to all residents. Three rulings have been issued so far, which will likely put some pressure on the government.

When will it be legal?

While the people of Mexico will probably have to wait until at least 2019 to see some real change, things are moving quickly. Many politicians are in favor of recreational legalization, and it’s likely that more lawsuits will be filed.

According to The Mazatlan Post, Verónica Juárez Piña, the vice-coordinator of the PRD — a political party — proposed an initiative for the decriminalization of recreational cannabis due to dangers associated with prohibition, including cartels, long prison sentences for users, violence and deaths. Many resources have to be allocated to the war against drugs — resources that could be put to better use if marijuana became legal.