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Mexican court legalises cocaine use in landmark case

News 22/08/2019

A judge in Mexico has given two individuals the right to possess, transport and use the devil's dandruff in a unique ruling. The two people - whose names were not disclosed - are not permitted to sell the drug.

National health regulator COFEPRIS has been ordered by the Mexico City court to allow the petitioners’ cocaine use in personal, recreational doses. Things aren't quite official yet as the ruling is yet to be approved by a higher court, and COFEPRIS has moved to block the court order.

The ruling go into effect upon the approval of the higher court, and will only apply to the two that have presented cases.

“This case represents another step in the fight to construct alternative drug policies that allow [Mexico] to redirect its security efforts and better address public health,” Mexico United Against Crime said in a statement.

“We have spent years working for a more secure, just and peaceful Mexico. This case is about insisting on the need to stop criminalising … drug users and designing better public policies that explore all the available options,” said the group’s director, Lisa Sanchez.