Mexican judge approves recreational cocaine use in 'historic' ruling

Mexico has been moving slowly away from its strict prohibitionist drug policies in recent years

Mexico has been moving slowly away from its strict prohibitionist drug policies in recent years

The ruling allows the two plaintiffs to "possess, transport and use cocaine", although they are prohibited from selling it.

Under the new ruling, commission officials will be required to authorize the two petitioners' use of cocaine - allowing them to snort, smoke, or shoot it recreationally, but not sell it.

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".

The step is not the first on Mexico's tentative path to selective legalization; Al Jazeera reports that Mexico's Supreme Court has previously allowed recreational use of cannabis on a case-by-case basis.

However, a COFEPRIS official told AFP the regulator has moved to block the court order, which was delivered in May, arguing that issuing such authorisation would be outside its legal remit.

In his ruling, judge Víctor Octavio Luna Escobedo said that recreational use of cocaine has many benefits, including "tension relief, the intensification of perceptions and the desire [to have] new personal and spiritual experiences".

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Furthermore, the ruling must be reviewed and upheld by a higher court.

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

Lisa Sanchez, the group's director, said in a statement: "We have spent years working for a more secure, just and peaceful Mexico".

New Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, known as AMLO, has said he will end the disastrous drug wars enforced by his predecessors Felipe Calderón and Enrique Peña Nieto. His party, Morena, has introduced a bill in Congress to legalise recreational marijuana use.

According to AFP, more than 250,000 people have been murdered by drug cartels in Mexico since 2006, including a record 33,755 previous year.

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