A lot has been happening on the political front here in North America between Canada and the United States. But, something is happening south of the border in Mexico that may be falling under the radar for a lot of people. While the Mexican presidential election is coming up soon, it is actually the fact that the Supreme Court is currently trying to determine whether the the prohibition of cannabis in Mexico is a human rights violation.
In Mexico, the Supreme Court can enact laws by its decisions on its own, but they must rule on an issue five times in a row in the same way in order for the law to pass. A lawyer, Ulrich Richter, is suing the Mexican government saying that the prohibition of cannabis is affecting the free development of his personality.
The first chamber of the court begins on April 11th, 2018, and they will discuss the case of lawyer Ulrich Richter. Richter is arguing that the prohibition of cannabis violates a person’s human right to the “free development of personality.” His argument is supported by Supreme Court Judge, Jorge Mario Pardo, who has embarked on a project that believes the same thing: that absolute marijuana prohibition is excessive and violates human rights.
Mexican law is different than American law. Unlike in the U.S. where the Supreme Court only needs to rule on something once for it become law, in Mexico, the Supreme Court needs to issue the same ruling five times in order to enact change.
Richter isn’t the first person to bring this case to the Mexican Supreme Court. In fact, it’s not even the first time he’s personally attempted to discuss this issue in the Court. He tried this time last year and was rejected. But this year, after Mexico recently passed medical marijuana and watched its northern neighbor, California, fully legalize the herb, the tide is changing.
It is not unreasonable to argue that an individual should be able to do anything they want with themselves, otherwise they are having their natural rights stripped from them. Do you see the prohibition of cannabis as something that strips you of your natural rights?