New Cocaine Ruling in Mexico Might Set Precedents For Recreational Drugs

By Rodrigo Cervantes
Published: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 1:29pm
Updated: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 1:39pm
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MEXICO CITY — A judge in Mexico is allowing two people to use cocaine for recreational purposes. The decision could open new rulings in that country for drug policies. 

The court’s ruling allows both individuals to use and carry cocaine but not to sell it.

Mexico United Against Crime, a nonprofit pushing to end of the so-called “war against drugs,” was behind the lawsuit.

The nonprofit argues that cocaine’s use in adults does not pose a significant health risk, except when used chronically and excessively.

In a statement, the organization said the judge’s decision is a big step toward a fair drug policy that will eventually bring more peace to the country.

But in order to be reinforced, the decision still needs to be reviewed by a higher court.

In the past, Mexico's Supreme Court authorized recreational and medicinal marijuana under certain circumstances.