Supreme Court Rules Consuming Marijuana is a ‘Human Right’.
Four Mexican residents can legally smoke marijuana in their home country thanks to a landmark Supreme Court decision.
Mexico’s highest court ruled in early November that laws prohibiting the members of a small group of activists from using and possessing marijuana violated those members “human rights.”
Members of the Mexican Society for Responsible and Tolerant Consumption (or SMART, in Spanish) can now “sow, grow, harvest, prepare, possess, transport and consume marijuana for recreational uses.”
The group brought the case in 2013 and took it all the way to the countries highest court. Their goals are a lot loftier than just getting high, however. They want to end the country’s failing drug war, they say.
“Mexico and other Central American States are aware that prohibition has been a disaster for them,” Baroness Meacher, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform, told the Telegraph.
Mexican government agencies are already receiving new requests for marijuana permits, leading many to consider the case might soon spell the end of pot prohibition for the whole country.
Some also argue the move towards legalization could also end many of the country’s crime wave orchestrated by powerful and vicious cartels, likening it to alcohol prohibition in the United States. Once alcohol became legal again, it ended the revenue stream for ruthless crime outfits like the one headed by Al Capone.
Officials estimate billions of pounds of marijuana is cultivated in Mexico each year, and some makes its way into the U.S. via a variety of dangerous channels from being smuggled in false body parts to parcels shot over the border with high-powered cannons.
Since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2013, U.S. Border Patrol has seized significantly less weed each year. The agency confiscated 2.5 million pounds in 2011 and just 1.9 million pounds in 2014, Time reports. Mexican army officials noted a 32 percent drop in confiscated pot last year.