The decision adds to pressure on Mexican lawmakers to pass a legalization bill that has stalled in Congress.
The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation of Mexico said Monday that the government and Congress should legalize the recreational use of cannabis, bringing the country closer to creating one of the world’s largest legal markets for the plant.
The decision adds to pressure on the Mexican Senate to pass a legalization bill that has stalled in Congress after the amendments.
With the support of the administration of President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, the law would mark a major change in a country that has suffered for years from violence between drug cartels and potentially open up a huge market for northern cannabis companies. American and Canadian.
“A historic day for freedoms,” Supreme Court Judge Arturo Zaldivar Lelo de Larrea wrote on his Twitter. “The right to free development of the personality is consolidated in the case of recreational or recreational use of marijuana.”
The statement issued Monday removes a legal hurdle for the health ministry to authorize activities related to recreational cannabis use, the court said in a statement.
The ruling was the latest step in a court proceeding to declare unconstitutional a ban on the non-medical or scientific use of cannabis and its main active ingredient THC.
However, at one point criticized by activists, he established that health authorities should issue initial permits for cannabis use.
Only people 18 years of age or older should be able to grow, transport or consume cannabis and its derivatives, according to the court.
In an initial ruling in 2015, the Supreme Court said that “the absolute ban model entails a disproportionate restriction on the right to free development of the personality of consumers.”