MX: Supreme Court moves to end prohibition itself after lawmakers fail to act

Mexico’s Supreme Court has taken a step toward ending cannabis prohibition nationally after the legislature failed to enact the policy change by a court-imposed deadline.

Minister Norma Lucía Piña Hernández, who serves on the high court, recently filed a general declaration of unconstitutionality with respect to Mexico’s cannabis laws. And the body is expected to take up the issue on Monday.

This comes nearly three years after the Supreme Court first deemed the prohibition on personal cannabis possession and cultivation unconstitutional, ordering lawmakers to institute a change. But while lawmakers have advanced legalization legislation in the years since, they have yet to approve a final bill.

Advocates are encouraged that the court is taking this action, which would nullify parts of the Mexico Constitution that criminalize people over cannabis. But they’ve emphasized that this does absolve legislators of their responsibility to develop regulations for a program of adult-use cannabis production and sales.


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