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Mexican court legalizes cocaine for two people

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A Mexico City court ruled on Wednesday that cocaine is legal, although just for two people.

The ruling means the unidentified pair can use small amounts of cocaine, but cannot sell it, according to Mexico United Against Crime (MUCD), a nongovernmental organization. 

The organization filed legal papers in the case as part of its goal of changing Mexico’s drug policy, a strategy that argues criminalizing consumers causes violence.  

{mosads}If the ruling is ratified by a higher court, it would be the first time any cocaine use has been legal in Mexico.

“We’ve spent years working for a more safe, just and peaceful Mexico, and with this case we insist in the necessity of ending the criminalization of users of drugs that aren’t marijuana and designing better public policies that explore all available options, including regulation,” Lisa Sánchez, the group’s director, said in a statement.

The group described the court’s decision as a “historic step” in the judicial system’s understanding of the drug epidemic.

No other details about the two people in the case were provided.

The ruling comes amid a larger debate over the Mexican government’s role in the country’s drug violence crisis.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s plan to tackle the issue pledges to reform an existing “prohibitionist approach,” calling it “unsustainable” due to the “violence and poor public health outcomes” it has generated.

 

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