Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled against an absolute ban on the recreational use of marijuana Wednesday, finding it unconstitutional. This ruling allows lawmakers to regulate the marijuana industry.
In Mexico, the Supreme Court is required to rule five times on the same issue before the ruling becomes a binding precedent—this most recent case was the fifth ruling. Mexico had a federal law prohibiting recreational marijuana use.
Mexican-President Elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is set to take office on December 1 following his landslide victory in July. With a favorable Congress, Mexico is expected to pass regulations for recreational marijuana. Canada legalized recreational marijuana this past month and with the 2018 elections other US states are expected to follow.