Viva la Mexico, amigos, amigas, and amigxs, because that country may just be the second in North America to legalize weed.
On Wednesday, Mexico's Supreme Court ruled for the fifth time that their prohibition on cannabis is unconstitutional. And the fifth ruling is key, because, under the Mexican legal system, if SCOMX reaches the same decision in five different cases, the ruling applies country-wide, according to the Associated Press.
From the AP:
The court found that adults have a fundamental right to personal development which lets them decide their recreational activities without interference from the state.
“That right is not absolute, and the consumption of certain substances may be regulated, but the effects provoked by marijuana do not justify an absolute prohibition of its consumption,” the ruling said.
The high court ordered the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk to authorize the complainants to consume marijuana, though not to commercialize it or use other drugs.
Now, this doesn't mean that weed is now automatically legal, but it does mean that federal lawmakers will be able to regulate weed, and officials in President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's incoming administration have indicated that they are interested in full (and quick) legalization, in part as a means of fighting crime stemming from the black market cannabis trade.
First Canada, then Mexico ... then the U.S.? Probably ain't happening anytime soon, at least with Jeff the evil elf Sessions whispering about "the devil's lettuce" in Trump's ear. But all those pot-fearing ghouls in DC have got to die and/or be voted out sometime (right??), at which point whoever saves us from this madness will hopefully join our neighbors in full nationwide legalization. In the meantime, at least you don't live in Idaho.