Mexico’s Supreme Court: Marijuana Prohibition Unconstitutional

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By Joan Eberhardt

Mexico’s Supreme Court calls prohibition “unconstitutional”

The highest court in Mexico last month declared that prohibition against marijuana is a violation of an individual right to develop a personality. No, really.

Mexico’s constitution protects an individual’s right to be unique and independent. The organization Mexican Society for Responsible and Tolerant Consumption (SMART, in Spanish) argued that prohibition of marijuana infringes on an individual’s right to differentiate themselves however they choose.

“The imposition of a single standard of healthy living is not admissible in a liberal state, which bases its existence on the recognition of human uniqueness and independence,” the plaintiffs argued.

Counter-intuitively, this victory only applies to the four people who brought the lawsuit forward. For cannabis to become legalized would need to be done either through another series of Supreme Court victories, or at the legislative level.

Another Pesticide-Related Recall

Ten voluntary recalls of marijuana and related products have taken place in Colorado in the past 3 months. The most recent one, by EdiPure, included 7,770 packages of edibles found to contain substances that “constitute a threat to public safety.”

The marijuana used was purchased from independent cultivators. Previously EdiPure recalled 20,000 packages of edibles for similar concerns. The company has since purchased advanced testing equipment in the hopes of mitigating the problem.

The Denver Department of Environmental Health has set up a telephone line for consumers who want to verify the safety of anything in their stashes.

Yelp Declines Ad Money for Silly Reason

Yelp, the website you use to overthink where to get tacos, recently terminated an advertising agreement with a Denver-based massage parlor and yoga studio over a marijuana-related promotion.

LoDo Massage & Private Yoga Studio recently had its advertising terminated, and the business re-classified as a “cannabis clinic” because the studio offers a “Mile High Massage” using THC-infused lotion.

Until the reference to THC is removed from its website, LoDo’s business listing will remain, but it will be ineligible to advertise. Previously the advertising agreement had pushed LoDo’s listing to the top of the search page.

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