Latin America Weekly

Recreational cannabis could be made legal in Mexico

Hello! Welcome back to the Latin America Weekly newsletter. In this issue, we explain Mexico’s decision moving towards allowing recreational marijuana; how Latin America is exposed to earthquake damage, and the lingering challenges for the region’s LGBTQIA+ population.

Mexico scraps recreational marijuana ban

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Activists and citizens marched in Mexico City on May 8 for marijuana legalization. Photo: Gill Figueroa/Shutterstock

By an 8-3 majority, Mexico’s Supreme Court struck down laws criminalizing the recreational use of cannabis in the country. The decision paves the way for legalization and allows any adult citizen to apply for a permit from the Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks (Cofepris) to plant, harvest, transport, and consume cannabis. 

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