Mexico Court Approves Recreational Use of Cocaine
In what is a landmark case and precedent that could set a new standard in Mexico.
According to Mexico Daily News, judge Víctor Octavio Luna Escobedo imposed a series of restrictions in order to allow the use of cocaine. They include limiting intake to 500 milligrams per day and not working, driving or operating heavy machinery while under the influence.
The ruling does not allow the drug to be taken in public, in the presence of children, or encourage others to consume it. In his ruling, the judge said that recreational use of cocaine has many benefits, including "tension relief, the intensification of perceptions and the desire [to have] new personal and spiritual experiences." Although this ruling has only been approved for the two plaintifs in the case,
“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,” said anti-crime group officials.
A higher court must review the decision and side with the original ruling before it is fully enforced and approved for the couple filing the lawsuit.
#Comunicado Como parte de la estrategia legal con la que, desde 2011, buscamos terminar la guerra contra las drogas y reorientar la política de seguridad del país, MUCD obtiene dos amparos sobre cocaína ➡️ https://t.co/AvwjHWAIgY pic.twitter.com/FY3dRLgzxZ— México Unido (@MUCD) August 20, 2019