Mexico issues first permit to grow and use marijuana

December 11, 2015

MEXICO CITY – Mexican health authorities issued Friday the first permit allowing four individuals to grow and use their own marijuana for recreational purposes, following a landmark Supreme Court ruling on limited drug legalization.

While the permit opens a crack in Mexico’s prohibitionist policies, the government health watchdog Cofepris stressed that the authorization is limited to those four people only.

The group, part of the Mexican Society for Responsible and Tolerant Personal Use (SMART), is pushing for full drug legalization of marijuana, arguing that it will help reduce the country’s relentless violence.

Their legal victory has set a potential precedent for others to seek similar permits while forcing President Enrique Peña Nieto and Congress to debate whether to change the country’s marijuana laws.

For now, Cofepris underlined in a statement that under the current laws marijuana “is still an illegal substance” and its cultivation and sale remain forbidden.

But the four SMART members — two lawyers, an accountant and a social activist — are allowed to “plant, grow, harvest, prepare, possess, transport and consume marijuana for recreational uses,” Cofepris said.

They are not permitted, however, to sell it to other people or use marijuana in front of children, pregnant women “or people who do not give their consent.”

The SMART members say they have no intention of using marijuana. Their goal, they say, is to force the government’s hand.

While Peña Nieto has repeatedly voiced his opposition to drug legalization, he has convened experts to a national debate in several states between January and March to decide potential new regulations.

Congress, meanwhile, is discussing a bill that would legalize the import and consumption of medical marijuana.

More related stories:

Mexico’s top court opens door to recreational pot use

Mexico’s Peña Nieto wants expert debate on marijuana legalization

An 8-year-old’s tragic illness tests Mexico’s ban on marijuana use

You may be interested

Multipurpose malinche, an attractive and useful ornamental
Home Gardening
659 views
Home Gardening
659 views

Multipurpose malinche, an attractive and useful ornamental

Ed Bernhardt - November 18, 2017

Here’s another attractive ornamental that’s a favorite Costa Rican backyard patio shrub. You’ll find malinche (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) growing in just…

Costa Rican Friday Happy Hour #3: ‘El Otro Gol’
It's the weekend!
4319 views
It's the weekend!
4319 views

Costa Rican Friday Happy Hour #3: ‘El Otro Gol’

Katherine Stanley - November 17, 2017

Maybe it was this morning's story on what to expect at the World Cup 2018, now that the field of…

World Cup 2018: Who’s lurking behind the usual suspects?
Soccer
1245 views
Soccer
1245 views

World Cup 2018: Who’s lurking behind the usual suspects?

Peter Berlin / AFP - November 17, 2017

Lionel Messi knows the teams he fears most at the 2018 World Cup: champions Germany, Brazil, France and Spain. "I…