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Supreme Court of Mexico decriminalizes the recreational use of marijuana

Supreme Court of Mexico decriminalizes the recreational use of marijuana

The declaration approved by the Supreme Court on Monday implies that those who want to use marijuana for recreational purposes can request a permit.
The Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico decriminalized the recreational use of marijuana for adults on Monday, declaring articles of the health law that prohibited it unconstitutional, the court announced.

"Today is a historic day for freedoms. After a long journey, this Supreme Court consolidates the right to free development of the personality for the recreational and recreational use of marijuana," said the president of the court, Arturo Zaldívar, later that the decision was approved by eight of the 11 magistrates.

The ruling came after the deadline that the highest court had granted to Congress to issue legislation in this regard on April 30.

On March 10, the Chamber of Deputies had approved a bill in this regard. A vote was lacking in the Senate, which had already endorsed the text in November, but had to retake it after several changes in the Lower House.

However, in early April, the ruling majority in the Senate said it was analyzing postponing the final discussion until September.

Ricardo Monreal, coordinator of the bench of the presidential party, Morena, said at the time that the regulations sent by the Chamber of Deputies had inconsistencies.

The declaration approved by the Supreme Court on Monday implies that those who want to use marijuana for recreational purposes can request a permit from the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris), and that this cannot be denied.

"What had happened on previous occasions was that the Cofepris denied these permits and an appeal had to be processed," Adriana Muro, director of the Human Rights organization Elementa, told AFP. "With the declaration you no longer have to process, automatically that permission has to be given," he added.
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