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Mexico City. In an unprecedented and historic decision, the First Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) validated the "recreational" use of marijuana, planting and consumption for personal use, not including trade, supply or distribution.
In closed session, the ministers were in favor of the measure were A four people to the Federal Commission for the Protection of Health Risks (COFEPRIS) grants them permission to produce and consume the grass.Later the decision was confirmed at a public meeting.
The judgment issued authorizations "for performing acts in conjunction with personal consumption for recreational purposes (plant, cultivate, harvest, prepare, possess, transport) exclusively cannabis (marijuana and seeds).
The resolution "in no way implies the authorization to carry out business activities, or any other provision that refers to the sale and / or distribution of the aforementioned substances."
In the open session of the First Chamber of the Supreme Court, having the lone vote against the measure, Minister Jorge Pardo Rebolledo spoke out against the draft prepared by Arturo Zaldivar.
Pardo said that his refusal was because the proposal does not include how one would acquire the seeds to plant drugs and initiate the procedure that guarantees the right to the protection granted to the recreational use of the herb.
"By excluding this issue, I cannot agree with the proposal."
In 2009 Mexico decriminalization law
The federal decriminalization law, which took effect Aug. 21, 2009 called for suspects caught with small drug quantities to appear before a prosecutor, who must determine whether the possession was for personal use or trafficking.
The limits included: 5 grams for marijuana (about three to six joints, depending on size) and 500 milligrams of cocaine (roughly five doses, or "lines"). Those found to be users must be released with a referral to health authorities, though it's unclear how many referrals were made or whether they work.