Mexican court says cocaine use is legal -- for two people

The court's ruling must be confirmed by a tribunal before it takes effect.

(CNN)In a landmark ruling, a court in Mexico City has said two people should be allowed to use cocaine legally.

The ruling means the unnamed pair can use, but not sell, small amounts of cocaine, according to Mexico United Against Crime (MUCD), an NGO that filed legal papers in the case as part of its strategy to change the country's drug policy.
This is the first time cocaine use has been made legal in Mexico, but the ruling still needs to be ratified by a higher court.
    It comes at a time when Mexico is grappling with its drug policy under President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, whose official development plan for 2019-2024 pledges to reform a "prohibitionist approach" that it calls "unsustainable" due to the "violence and poor public health outcomes" it has generated.
    Mexico has been locked in a war on drugs since 2006.
    The court ruling orders Mexico's national health regulator, Cofepris, to authorize two people to legally possess, transport and use cocaine.
    However, a Cofepris official told the AFP news agency that such an authorization is outside its remit, and it has blocked the court order as a result.
    The order was delivered in May but will now be reviewed by a tribunal, according to AFP.
    In a statement, MUCD emphasizes that the ruling will only be enforced if it is upheld by the tribunal, and underlines that it does not legalize cocaine.
    The organization said the ruling marks a new stage in the judiciary's understanding of drugs and offers an opportunity to call for an end to the war on drugs and the redistribution of public resources to fight other crimes.
    "We have spent years working for a more secure, just and peaceful Mexico," said Lisa Sánchez, MUCD's director.