The decision has increased pressure on Mexican lawmakers to approve a comprehensive legalization bill that has stalled in Congress.
The Mexican National Supreme Court said on Monday that the government and Congress should legalize the recreational use of marijuana, bringing the country closer to creating one of the world’s largest legal markets for the plant.
The decision increased pressure on the Mexican Senate to approve a comprehensive legalization bill, which has stalled in Congress after the amendment.
With the support of the government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the law will mark a country that has been plagued by violent conflict between drug lords for years A major change in the country may open up a huge market for U.S. and Canadian cannabis companies.
“A historic day for freedom,” Supreme Court Justice Arturo Zaldivar Lelo de Larrea wrote on Twitter. “In the case of recreational or recreational use of marijuana, the right to the free development of personality is consolidated.”
The court said in a statement that the statement issued on Monday removed legal barriers to the Ministry of Health’s approval of activities related to the consumption of marijuana for recreational purposes.
The ruling is the final step in a lengthy court process, declaring that the non-medical or scientific use of cannabis and its main active ingredient THC is unconstitutional.
However, on a point criticized by activists, it stipulates that health authorities must issue initial permits for cannabis use.
The court stated that only people over the age of 18 can grow, carry or consume cannabis and its derivatives.
In its preliminary ruling in 2015, the Supreme Court stated that “the absolute prohibition model has caused a disproportionate restriction on the free development of consumers’ personalities”.