In November 2015, the Supreme Court in Mexico gave a landmark judgement that sent shock waves across the world. The court ruled that the laws criminalising the possession, use and cultivation of marijuana violated basic human rights. The court declared that free expression of human rights includes the right to consume marijuana for any purpose.
Since 2015, there has been a slow grind to the actualisation of the legalisation of cannabis in Mexico. In June 2017, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto published a bill making medical marijuana available and legal in Mexico. Heralding a new era of legal cannabis consumption and cultivation in Mexico.
In recent times, Mexico has been making good progress and the pro-reform stance of the government has paid off well. From a drug control perspective, legalisation is a positive political statement. Although the progress has been a little slow, the prospects are looking good.
We’ve asked Jonathan Hardy, an expert from www.medsignals.com, to provide latest updates:
RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA IN MEXICO
2020 was supposed to be the year for the cannabis industry in Mexico. The legalisation of recreational cannabis was supposed to come into effect in October 2019 but a request for postponement by members of the Mexican senate saw the date shifted to December 2019.
And as if that was not enough, the members of the Mexican parliament sought the relief of the Supreme Court to further shift the date to 30th April, 2020, citing unfinished amendment to the laws that would govern the new regime.
Following this request for postponement, the date was shifted again to April 2020. But going by recent happenings, it is clear that the 30th April, 2020 deadline didn’t stand, more due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
While the world looks on and wait, if you are a tourist to Mexico or visiting Mexico, below are a few guides on smoking Marijuana in Mexico in 2020.
- Don’t buy or carry more than 5 grams of your stash at any time while in Mexico. The law allows for up to 5 grams of Marijuana per adult per time and anything above that could earn you a fine or worse, depending on the quantity found in your possession.
- Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to cross the border between the United States and Mexico with any pot on you. In either direction bringing a vape on the plane is OK but make sure there is no THC or CBD in it.. Even if you are going by car. This is a form of Mexican Roulette. The drug trade is still hot and you don’t want to be in the middle of this shooting range.
- Do not try to grow the plant by yourself. Mexican war on drugs still extends to Marijuana at the moment and growing the plant in your abode can come with very grave consequences.
Mexico remains one of the countries with relaxed marijuana laws and as we await the report and finalised processes from the members of the Mexican parliament, you could make do with the lax opportunity the laws provide on smoking marijuana when in Mexico.