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Mexico judge approves recreational cocaine use

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In the first ruling of its kind, a judge in Mexico has granted two people the right to use cocaine recreationally, the organisation behind the cases said on Tuesday, calling it a "historic step".

The ruling, which must be reviewed by a higher court, allowed the two petitioners to "possess, transport and use cocaine", but not to sell it, according to Mexico United Against Crime, an organisation devoted to ending the country's "war on drugs".

The Mexico City court ordered the national health regulator, COFEPRIS, to authorise the petitioners' cocaine use in personal, recreational doses, the organisation said.

However, a COFEPRIS official told AFP news agency that the regulator has moved to block the court order, which was delivered in May, arguing that issuing such authorisation would be outside its legal remit.

 

The ruling will only take effect if the higher court sides with the original decision, and would only apply to the two people who brought the cases, whose names were not disclosed.

"This case represents another step in the fight to construct alternative drug policies that allow [Mexico] to redirect its security efforts and better address public health," Mexico United Against Crime said in a statement.

"We have spent years working for a more secure, just and peaceful Mexico. This case is about insisting on the need to stop criminalising ... drug users and designing better public policies that explore all the available options," said the group's director, Lisa Sanchez.

Mexico has been moving slowly away from its strict prohibitionist drug policies in recent years.

The country's Supreme Court has authorised recreational cannabis use in individual cases, including one brought by the Hollywood actor, Diego Luna.

Mexico's leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has repeatedly said the country should evaluate decriminalising drugs. His party, Morena, has introduced a bill in Congress to legalise recreational cannabis use.

Mexico has been hit by a wave of violence since the government deployed the army to fight the country's powerful drug cartels in 2006.

Since then, more than 250,000 people have been murdered, including a record 33,755 last year.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/step-mexico-judge-approves-recreational-cocaine-190821055455190.html

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The war on drugs hasn't won, but I don't see what use this has either. When they say recreationally I assume they don't mean medically then, which to me is the only reason a drug should legalised and controlled. 

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Just now, aaaz1618 said:

Trump will be over the moon... Not.

As Chris Rock said, the only reason why drugs are illegal in the US is because the best drugs are from brown countries. The government doesn't want you to buy drugs, but to buy their (big pharma) drugs.

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1 minute ago, Propaganda_of_the_Deed said:

As Chris Rock said, the only reason why drugs are illegal in the US is because the best drugs are from brown countries. The government doesn't want you to buy drugs, but to buy their (big pharma) drugs.

Both have potential benefits and potential negatives. Both have boogey monsters behind them, big pharma just wear suits and suits, especially rich white men in suits, get people's backs up.

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6 hours ago, Propaganda_of_the_Deed said:

Mexico's leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has repeatedly said the country should evaluate decriminalising drugs.

Easiest way to stop a crime - just decriminalise it. Legalisation of drugs may reduce some crimes apparently but in long run it won't be helpful at all. Instead other crimes will increase drastically.

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1 hour ago, Stitcher said:

Easiest way to stop a crime - just decriminalise it. Legalisation of drugs may reduce some crimes apparently but in long run it won't be helpful at all. Instead other crimes will increase drastically.

It's like legalising alcohol to stop people making Moon Shine.

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