Mexico’s Supreme Court has ruled that a ban on recreational marijuana is unconstitutional.
According to Reuters, Mexico’s highest court found in favor of a pair of legal challenges that had been filed against the prohibition against marijuana use. The ruling leaves it up to lawmakers to regulate use of the substance, effective immediately.
“This 5th judgement means that, while the cannabis prohibition law nominally remains in place for now (and arrests remain possible), all judges nationally are now bound by the Supreme Court judgement as a defense in the (now much less likely) scenario of prosecutions being brought,” according to Transform.
“The legalisation of cannabis for adult personal use, possession, private cultivation and sharing is therefore currently de facto (in practical effect), rather than de jure (formalised in law/legislation).”
“This is a historic day,” said Fernando Belaunzaran, an advocate of drug reform and member of the opposition leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD).