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Proponents of legalizing marijuana have set up an improvised greenhouse in front of Mexico’s Senate. Photo: Héctor Vivas/Getty Images

Mexico’s Supreme Court has ruled that prohibiting the recreational use of marijuana and THC is unconstitutional because it violates the right to a “free development of personality.”

What they’re saying: “Criminal organizations are currently the ones who determine when and how one can have access to the active substance,” drug policy lawyer Frida Ibarra tells Axios. “And that can only be changed if the government builds on the court’s decision and Congress votes to regulate the legal who, when and where.”

The big picture: Mexico would become the world’s largest legal cannabis market if its Congress approves a proposed decriminalization bill.

  • Both chambers have voted yes on the measure in the past year, but each made significant changes to the proposed text that need to be resolved.
  • A final vote on a conference measure is expected in the fall.

Where it stands: Now Mexicans can get a permit from the regulatory agency and cultivate cannabis for personal use, although the details on how to obtain a permit are unclear.

  • There are still no set rules on how many ounces are legal to carry or how a seed or plant can be obtained legally.
  • Regulations would come from the legislation under consideration in Congress.

The bottom line: Legalizing marijuana could reduce cartel involvement in trade to U.S. markets along with the violence over transportation routes that has left at least 250,000 Mexicans dead and another 80,000 missing over the past decade, Ibarra said.

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LA County to dismiss nearly 60,000 marijuana-related convictions

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón. Photo: Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Los Angeles County is moving to dismiss nearly 60,000 marijuana convictions, an ongoing effort to reverse the "injustices of drug laws," District Attorney George Gascón announced Monday.

Why it matters: It comes more than four years after Californians voted to legalize the drug, and two years after state law tasked prosecutors to review the convictions.

Trump sues National Archives, Jan. 6 committee to block records request

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Trump filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the National Archives from releasing White House records to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, citing executive privilege.

Why it matters: It's the latest escalation in Trump's campaign to disrupt the committee's sweeping probe into the circumstances surrounding Jan. 6, including his actions and communications leading up to the Capitol attack.

Obama says Powell exemplified what America "can and should be"

Then-President Obama speaks alongside former Secretary of State Colin Powell during a meeting in the Oval Office in 2010. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Obama called Colin Powell an "exemplary soldier and an exemplary patriot" in a statement honoring the former general following his death from COVID-19 complications on Monday.

Why it matters: Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, was known as a Republican but played a critical role in helping Obama get elected in 2008.