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BBC News:– A Mexican judge has granted two people the right to recreational cocaine use, in the first ruling of its kind, the organisation behind the cases said.

The court said it would allow the claimants to “possess, transport and use cocaine” but not sell it, according to Mexico United Against Crime (MUCD).

MUCD, which seeks to end the country’s “war on drugs”, called the ruling a “historic step”.

The decision must be reviewed by a higher court before it is enforced.

MUCD said the Mexico City court ordered the country’s health authority, Cofepris, to authorise the two claimants’ use of cocaine.

A Cofepris official told the AFP news agency that it had taken steps to block the court order, which was handed down in May. The official said that such authorisation would be outside of its legal remit.

The ruling will only come into effect if a panel of judges side with the original decision. If they do approve the ruling, it will only apply to the two people who brought the cases, whose identities were withheld.

In a statement on Tuesday,  MUCD said the cases represent “another step in the fight to construct alternative drug policies that allow [Mexico] to redirect its security efforts and better address public health.”

Mexico has long struggled with violent conflict from drug cartels, with thousands of drug-related killings reported in the country every year.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a left-wing politician who took office in December, has promised “radical” changes in the country’s approach to tackling drugs.

 

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Yes I think of my grandfather sitting in his rocking chair in the veranda,puffing at his mouth piece conected to a large pot resting on the floor on a small pedestal.All that generation smoked pot and grew popies in their farms.Cocaine was sold like baking soda in any store.Then it all went south.Now our boys want something that puts them in some galaxy,fast,they looking for the rush.My grandfather would do this every night,after his days work,and he was so calm and relaxed in his rocking chair.A man I knew,after taking cocaine,he wanted to recreate the days he worked in a circus walking the tight rope,he tried this on the railing of his balcony on a tenth floor in my home town.None of his friends could stop him that night,the concrete of the parking lot recieved him.It was a mess.

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