Mexico’s Supreme Court reached an 8-3 decision that ruled adults can apply for permits to grow cannabis and consume it, according to a report released by BBC on Tuesday.

  • The ruling failed to clarify whether the commercialization of cannabis was legal. 
  • Some groups are skeptical of where the ruling will bring any major short-term changes.
  • Mexico United Against Crime, a non-governmental entity, indicated that the court’s decision does not lead to decriminalizing activities such as transportation and possession of marijuana.

Proponents of the ruling hope it would reduce the violence associated with the illegal drugs trade that leads to the loss of thousands of lives annually.