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Mexico Supreme Court To Consider Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Later This Month

mexico flag marijuanaYou would be hard pressed to find a country that needs marijuana reform as much as Mexico does. Mexico has been overrun by drug cartels for many decades now, causing an enormous amount of misery. People are getting kidnapped, tortured, and murdered at an alarming rate with no end in sight. Cartels don’t make as much money as they used to from the marijuana industry, but they still profit from it, and use those profits to carry out horrific acts in an attempt to keep making money.

Later this month Mexico’s Supreme Court will consider reforming Mexico’s marijuana laws. Per The Joint Blog:

On October 28, the Mexico Supreme Court is set to discuss a proposal that would effectively legalize the possession, use and production of cannabis for recreational purposes.

According to Reuters, judges will vote on whether to declare unconstitutional parts of a federal health law prohibiting the growth and consumption of cannabis after a nonprofit group filed an injunction against a 2013 decision by health regulator Cofepris. According to documents on the supreme court’s website, the hearing date is set for October 28.

A favorable decision would not only be huge for Mexico, it would also be huge for other countries that have to deal with the fallout from cartels based in Mexico. Arizona, Nevada, and California are hopefully going to vote to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016, which if combined with legal marijuana in Mexico, would hurt cartels a lot. I will be anxiously awaiting any decision from Mexico’s Supreme Court, and will definitely post something as soon as I hear anything.

  • HellNo

    Politicians in Mexico love to blame the American drug consumers for all of their drug crime problems. The reality is that there is simply a large price difference between their side of the border, and our side. Those Mexican citizens that exploit that opportunity are making choices that damage their country. And the corruption that has existed within the Mexican criminal justice system for decades, enables the smugglers in this destruction of Mexican society. There isn’t a country on Earth more in need of reform than Mexico.

    • moses

      You dont have too look any further than the good old usa, really pointing fingers at mexico, when nixon did this , and the generation thats dying off are cause, and finally every one of us thar has bought blood soaked weed, and didnt get politically involved. I accept my part, I am trying. .get involved , vote , not doing anything is what got us here.

      • HellNo

        We all make our own choices. The consumer doesn’t make the criminal. I could make my money selling drugs, I choose not to. It’s not the American consumer’s fault that Mexicans sell drugs, and commit murders. They make their own choices.

  • The Truth

    For the same reasons our DEA is against it, their drug cartels are dead against legalization. And like our DEA, those same cartels do have strong influence on the courts… so go figure the Vegas odds that this promising measure would pass.

  • The Truth

    If it were to come to be that Mexico legalized cannabis, and it looks like Canada too, that would be a pincer effect that would accelerate the liberation of all cannabis users everywhere in the US. #goodnewslately

  • Sean

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • jontomas

    It sounds like a long-shot. Corruption has become so endemic in Mexico, it’s doubtful if their system could operate without it. It would take major structural revisions. — Hopefully, this is a sign they are on the way. Perhaps they have some intelligent people at the top who can read the writing on the wall in the rest of North America.

    Let’s hope.

    • jimheffner

      There’s been a lot of research on the interaction of corruption and poverty. If either one can be lessened the other will follow. When corruption is reduced foreign investment increases for starters.

      • jontomas

        That figures. – Corruption is a few powerful people causing a political system to dysfunction in a way that releases benefit for themselves. – The more corruption, the more dysfunction, and the more suffering. – And the poor always receive the brunt of that suffering.

  • MrPC

    So, will Marijuana tourists flock to Mexico from their homes in states that still prohibit weed? “Reefer Resort Cruise” sort of has a nice ring to it, right?

  • CJ Heinemann

    good luck Mexico!

  • AntiIgnorant

    Legalize here in the U.S. And bankrupt our drug cartel… The criminal DEA that profits from the demise of our citizens victim to the war on drugs…

  • Darlene Lim

    So if Mexico legalizes pot as Canada plans to do, the U.S will be the odd man out. How will that work?

  • At least judges, in theory, are less susceptible to corruption than legislators and executives are – although the judicial branch does receive funding based on the number of cases they hear. The reality is, they’ll be deciding as a matter of law whether the federal health law at issue is unconstitutional – and that’s a pretty heavy lift. In the U.S. at least, the government only has to show that its proscription of certain behavior is reasonably related to a compelling social interest (unless the law specifically targets a protected class, such as minorities, which our “drug war” laws arguably do!) to survive a constitutional challenge.
    That is, if the Mexican Court decides that there is any rational reason at all for prohibiting the growth and consumption of cannabis, the suit should fail. The better track is to get the legislature to repeal the law itself, or, even better- for the citizens of Mexico to get the ball rolling at the local level by exercising their powers of referendum and/or initiative.

  • Demetrius MrGetacheck Russell

    This is just a theory, so I’m just going to put it out there no strings attached. Just like alcohol prohibition, the feds are going to flip. The “War on Drugs” will easily become the war on tax evaders, bootleggers, and so-called homeland security threats (reaching, I know). The DEA seems to be backing down cutting the funding. With the tax numbers from Colorado, any state can start balancing some departments budgets in needed areas. The Colorado school district I cashing in right now. Revenue from taxes alone is almost at 100 million dollars in a year, already setting a new record beating out cigarette taxes. If Mexico & Canada flip at the same time, if #ALL else fails, TX will flip in 2017 on their next session. The goal would be to tax it like alcohol, (our breadwinner for now) and the revenue would be 500 million a year by our population numbers. Our only hold up now is the Texas Sheriff’s Association, their whole livelihood rides on the “War on Drugs”. But with fed money running out, and medical newly on the books for epilepsy patients here now. 2017, I see a floodgate opening and #Cannabis will be TX’s new #Cotton or even #Oil….
    #TXGrenGold

  • Demetrius MrGetacheck Russell

    After a #SourDiesel & #CherryPie session. I’ve come up with a new approach. “What if” the cartel welcomed the legalization and really went into the cannabis business in Mexico. One of them would or could corner the market down there. They’d make just the same amount legally it would seem. Some so called “ex-drug dealers” went into the cannabis business here and look at them now…. I know it’s out there, but I’m just saying though.
    #ImJussayinDoe

    • Dave K

      The War on Drugs has operated in a fashion to create an unrealistically high price for a plant that is not much more difficult to grow in one’s back yard than tomatoes. The prices paid by the cartels to farmers who grow the marijuana have dropped from about $100 per kilo five years ago to about $25 recently reported by the Washington Post. It is likely that the marijuana that is available when it is legally available will be far cheaper and will not allow the enormous profits now made in an illegal market.

      • Demetrius MrGetacheck Russell

        On that same token, if it were legal, and the cartel invested into the right equipment and some professional growers, just on reputation alone they would already have plenty of clientele. The only reason the price has dropped so much, is the legal market in Colorado has made the quality better at a cheaper price. Of course the black market can’t compete with that, cartel, mafia, etc. The catch is, you put those same farmers on the same level playing field as Colorado, with Mexico’s rep for MJ and vacation spots year round, it automatically puts them on the MJ Industry map as “key players”. But once again, I’m hypothetically speaking or thinking out loud.