How Mexico’s Supreme Court has set into a motion a serious of events that will lead to the United States legalizing cannabis.
California and Canada opened up their recreational markets last year in what has signaled a massive change in political might behind the movement to legalized cannabis worldwide.
To seal the deal, late last year, Mexico’s Supreme Court de facto legalized cannabis use. Using a system of jurisprudence that requires five similar findings by the Supreme Court until it sets a precedent for all other courts. That means cannabis legalization hasn’t been written into law, but if someone is caught with cannabis for personal use, the lower courts are now required to follow the Supreme Court’s ruling which says that the prohibition of cannabis for personal use is against their constitution.
To make it into law, the incoming party has filed legislation to rewrite the country’s laws to create a regulated marketplace. Expect to see that legislation passed within a few weeks which will be followed by some time for possible amendments. It’s possible that Mexico could follow the model of Vermont where it’s legal to grow and possess cannabis but not to sell it. Or they could institute something more liberal—which is more likely—and allow for a fully regulated industry to form.
Currently, there are a few points of interest that were placed forward as priorities when the legislation was filled:
- Distribution or sale to minors will carry a criminal prosecution.
- The possession limits for adults will rise from 5 grams to 30 grams.
- The laws of sale and commerce of cannabis will not be written into this law.
- The production of personal-use cannabis should not exceed 480 grams per year.
- Individuals may grow up to 20 plants for personal use on their private property.
- And more.
This might be good for America. With these fairly liberal policies being written into the personal use laws of Mexico combined with the incentive to grow Mexico’s economy by opening a new industry, there’s no telling what kind of action this will generate across the United States.
Perhaps the Federal Government in the United States will feel the pressure of being the only North American county to remain federally opposed to a plant. They’ll have no one else to blame for the War on Drugs besides themselves. It’s possible that when Mexico writes cannabis legalization into law, the United States might soon follow suit.
Why not? We did just legalize hemp.