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Mexico’s Supreme Court Unilaterally Ends Cannabis Prohibition

June 29, 2021

Following years of inaction from Mexican legislators, the country’s Supreme Court took matters into its own hands yesterday when it struck down laws outlawing cannabis. The court originally found cannabis prohibition to be unconstitutional on civil rights grounds in 2018 and ordered the nation’s Congress to legalize it through a conventional legislative process. The legislature has failed to do so and has repeatedly requested extensions, most recently in March.

That legislative paralysis prompted the court to file a general declaration of unconstitutionality, allowing it to vote to nullify the sections of Mexico’s Constitution that criminalize cannabis on its own. Yesterday’s 8-3 vote is the culmination of this process and legalizes personal possession and cultivation of cannabis nationally. However, no system for legal sales can be implemented until Mexico’s Congress passes a law to that effect.—Danny Sullivan

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