Mexico has set a new legal precedent for marijuana reform in the country.
According to Reuters, the Mexican Supreme Court ruled in favor of two legal challenges against prohibition of recreational cannabis use yesterday, which makes this the fifth similar ruling of its kind in three years, thereby crossing the threshold needed to create jurisprudence and declaring the ban on recreational cannabis "unconstitutional."
"The effects caused by marijuana do not justify an absolute prohibition on its consumption," a court statement read.
The court also stated that the ruling did not suggest it was an "absolute right" for citizens to use cannabis, and that the substance is still subject to regulation. Still, this judgement will force the Mexican Congress will to act on regulating the use of recreational cannabis in the country.
It remains to be seen how the country will move forward with this reform, although we can expect it to be helped forward by the country’s president elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who’s administration has indicated that they would take steps to legalize the substance as part of a larger effort to fight poverty and reduce crime.