Prepare to have your mind blown. Mexico’s supreme court has ruled that smoking pot is a fundamental human right.
On Wednesday, 4 out of 5 judges from Mexico’s supreme court have decided that outlawing the possession and personal use of marijuana represents a violation of fundamental human rights. Now, before you get the grinder and the party hats out, there are still a few things to take note of. First of all, this ruling, under no circumstances means that pot is now legal in Mexico. This ruling only applies to the four plaintiffs in this specific case, all members of the Mexicans United for Responsible and Tolerant Consumption(La Sociedad Mexicana de Autoconsumo Responsable y Tolerable) or SMART.
This group started in 2013, with the specific purpose to challenge and change Mexico’s laws on the issue of marijuana. They started filing numerous legal arguments that they should be able to grow, posses and consume marijuana. In 2015, their appeals took them in front of Mexico’s Supreme Court.
Their argument was constructed on the fact that we all have “the right to the free development of one’s personality”, which is stated in Mexico’s constitution. Essentially, it means something like this: as long as you are not harming other people, you are free to do whatever you want with your body; the same way you have the right to eat all the junk food you want(even though it’s bad for you), so can you smoke all the weed you want to.
The ruling basically means that the 4 plaintiffs that were part of the case can now grow and smoke all the weed they want. While this may not seem much, it certainly paves the way for change. Because of how the Supreme Court in Mexico works, at least four other similar rulings must be handed down for it to become the law of the land. This is not, however, the first time a big social issue has been decided in a similar way in Mexico, the most notable being the issue of same sex marriage, legalized earlier this year.
The decision also might have some rippling effect on other South-American countries, such as Uruguay or Chile, currently dabbling with various ways and measures to legalize marijuana.