Thursday, 19 September, 2019

Mexico judge approves recreational cocaine use for two people in historic ruling

Mexico has been moving slowly away from its strict prohibitionist drug policies in recent years Mexico has been moving slowly away from its strict prohibitionist drug policies in recent years
Patty Aguilar | 23 August, 2019, 22:13

A judge in Mexico has granted 2 people the right to recreational cocaine use, this is considered as the first ruling of its kind. They would have to be confirmed by a higher court before having any effect. "This is why we are making the case at court that adult use of now illegal substances, such as cannabis or cocaine, shouldn't be illegal or at least should not be punished by law and sanctioned with prison", she said.

The Mexico United Against Crime said the court in Mexico City ordered Cofepris, the health authority of Mexico, to allow 2 people to use cocaine.

However, a COFEPRIS official told AFP the regulator has moved to block the court order, which was delivered in May, arguing that issuing such authorisation would be outside its legal remit.

A panel of judges has been assigned to review the ruling and decide whether it should be carried out.

Mexico has been moving slowly away from its strict prohibitionist drug policies in recent years.

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In a statement on Tuesday, MUCD said the cases represent "another step in the fight to construct alternative drug policies that allow [Mexico] to redirect its security efforts and better address public health".

"The "war on drugs" has escalated the public health problem posed by now banned substances to a public safety crisis", a policy proposal in Obrador's National Development Plan for 2019-2024 read.

New Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, known as AMLO, has said he will end the disastrous drug wars enforced by his predecessors Felipe Calderón and Enrique Peña Nieto.

In a landmark ruling a judge in Mexico has legalized cocaine - but only for two users.

The supreme court of Mexico already authorizes recreational marijuana use in individual cases. Since the former took office in 2006, Mexico has been plagued by an unprecedented wave of killing as state and federal forces both do battle against, and collude with, drug cartels.

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