The United States has a very sensitive relationship with Mexico when dealing with illegal drugs.
It is constantly claiming that Mexico has been at ease in assisting in the interdiction of illegal drugs that are produced or staged in Mexico and sent to destinations within the U.S. American policymakers and would-be presidential candidates aim at the corruption within the Mexican government that is kept alive by the billions in revenues of illegal drugs that Mexico’s cartels send to the U.S. Mexico always reply’s with the obvious: There would be no illegal drug issue between the two countries if U.S. drug users were not creating this lucrative market.
Years ago, admitting to or being accused of drug use in Mexico was shameful.
During the past 20 years, Mexico has seen its internal drug use rise, much as is the case in developed countries.
As northbound illegal drug deliveries have increased since the 1960s, powerful officials in the Mexican government allowed a tolerance for drug gangs and cartels to continue their operations, as long as they did not conflict with the nation’s normal course of business.
In 2009, the Mexican government changed the law to decriminalize small amounts of possession depending on the particular drug.
For personal use, drug users were allowed up to 5 grams of marijuana, 50 milligrams of heroin, 40 milligrams of cocaine, 0.015 milligrams of LSD and 40 milligrams of methamphetamine.
A group called “la Sociedad Mexicana de Autoconsumo Responsable y Tolerante filed a lawsuit claiming that Mexico’s historic approach to drug policy infringed on private rights and has been ineffective in a general sense.
The Supreme Court stopped short of ruling that Mexico’s drug policy, as it affects individual citizens, no longer applies.
First, how will this affect the dynamic of Mexico’s internal drug structure and will this have any impact on the cartels? Because the U.S. is the largest illegal drug consumer in North America, and most likely the world, allowing Mexican citizens to cultivate and consume their own pot is probably not going to affect the cartels in a major sense.
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