[WE READ ON THE MAIN PAGE OF THE JUDGE FIGHTING A PRISONER TRANSFER TO ANOTHER MEXICAN PRISON, STAVING OFF THE EXTRADITION OF Z-40 AND Z-42. THIS JUDGE IS VICTOR OCTAVIO LUNA ESCOBEDO, HERE IS SOME PAST HISTORY ON THIS JUDGE]
MEXICO JUDGE APPROVES RECREATIONAL COCAINE USE IN LANDMARK RULING, CITES DRUG'S ABILITY TO PROVIDE 'SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES'
BY EWAN PALMER ON 8/21/19 AT 5:32 AM EDT
A judge in Mexico has approved two people to use cocaine recreationally in what has been described as a historic step toward ending the country's deadly "war on drugs."
In the first ruling of its kind, the district court in Mexico City granted permission for the pair to "possess, transport and use cocaine"—but not sell it—following an injunction request by Mexico United Against Crime.
"We have been working for a safer, more just and peaceful Mexico for years, and with this case we insist on the need to stop criminalizing users of drugs other than marijuana and design better public policies that explore all available options, including the regulation," Lisa Sánchez, director of MUAC, said in a statement.
According to Mexico Daily News, the judge imposed a string of stipulations for the pair in order to allow them to use cocaine. They include limiting their intake to 500 milligrams per day and not working, driving or operating heavy machinery while under the influence. They are also not allowed to take the drug in public, in the presence of children, or encourage others to consume it.
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."
According to the AFP news agency, Mexico's national health regulator—the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk—is seeking to block the judge's order, which was handed down in May. The decision will also be reviewed by a panel of judges at a higher court.
Obrador, a left-wing politician who took office in December, argued the country should decriminalize all drugs in order to take power away from the cartels and criminal gangs.
"The 'war on drugs' has escalated the public health problem posed by currently banned substances to a public safety crisis," a policy proposal in Obrador's National Development Plan for 2019-2024 read. It added that Mexico's current "prohibitionist strategy is unsustainable."
According to AFP, more than 250,000 people have been murdered by drug cartels in Mexico since 2006, including a record 33,755 last year.
[THIS JUDGE WHO IS AGAINST THE TRANSFER OF Z-40, Z-42 TO ANOTHER MEXICAN PRISON, IN MEXICO, PRESUMED TO BE AN ACT BEFORE EXTRADITION TO USA, OBVIOUSLY IS A PARTAKER CURRENTLY IF HE KNOWS IT PROVIDES A SPIRITUAL MIND-SET, ALONG WITH ALL OTHER DRUGS. BUT, SAYS HE DOES NOT KNOW THE HISTORY OF Z-40 AND Z-42. MY THOUGHT IS YES HE DOES. JUDGE VICTOR OCTAVIO LUNA ESCOBEDO IS ON THE TAKE. A SAFER, DECRIMINALIZATION OF ALL DRUGS. WHAT IS SAFER, A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE OR AN OVERDOSE. MODERATION IS A HARD THING TO CONTROL, WITH WHAT COMES WITH IT]