A Mexican Supreme Court ruling permitting marijuana use for recreational purposes has sparked a sensitive debate in Mexico about the country’s drug laws, involving health advocates, scholars, law enforcement officials, and business and political leaders.
Wednesday’s 4-1 decision applies only to four members of an advocacy group seeking to decriminalize marijuana, granting them the right to consume and produce for their own personal use. Still, the issue has touched a nerve for many in Mexico, opening a wide-ranging discussion about the country’s drug policies.
In Tijuana, the issue has led newscasts, dominated headlines and become fodder for radio programs. Baja California has long been located on a lucrative smuggling route for marijuana and other drugs destined for U.S. consumers, and the issue has hit home for many residents who have seen first-hand the effects of drug-related violence and consumption. [Read more at the San Diego Union Tribune]