MEXICO CITY — (08-21-19) — A judge in Mexico City has created a fire storm after ruling that recreational cocaine use is permitted. The ruling grants two people the right to use, possess and transport cocaine for personal recreational use.
Mexico City Judge green lights Recreational Cocaine Use
The court ordered the national health regulator, COFEPRIS, to authorize the unnamed claimants the use of cocaine.
But COFEPRIS has moved to block the court order which was originally delivered back in May as it would constitute legal overreach on the regulator’s part.
Furthermore COFEPRIS says that the ruling must be reviewed and upheld by a higher court, namely the Mexico Supreme Court.
The Mexico United Against Crime Organization said “This case represents another step in the fight to create alternative drug policies that will allow Mexico to redirect its security efforts and better address public health,”
The Mexican Supreme Court authorized the use of recreational marijuana in certain cases as the country gradually shifts away from prohibitionist drug policies.
This in part thanks to Mexico’s new progressive president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, whose party has introduced a bill to legalize recreational marijuana use.
Ever since Mexico deployed units of their army to tackle drug cartels back in 2016, there have been over 250,000 people killed. In fact a total of 33,341 drug war-related deaths were recorded in 2018 alone, a 15 percent rise from 2017.
We will follow this story and bring you more developments as they happen.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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