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On Oct. 20, Canadians swung for the Liberal Party — they hold 54 percent of parliament seats, plus the Prime Minister seat with Minister-elect Justin Trudeau. 

Colorado and the nation at large should take notice. One of Trudeau's campaign promises is the nationwide legalization and regulation of recreational marijuana.

In an Oct. 1 press conference, Trudeau said his government would get to work "right away," taking cues from best practices worldwide — including Colorado.

Watch the Canadian Broadcasting Company's video of the conference at the bottom of this article.

Canada's not alone in pursuing legalization. This week, the Mexican Supreme Court will decide whether or not  the nation's laws against marijuana are constitutional. According to a report from Fusion, a Mexican marijuana club, the Mexican Association for Responsible Self-Consumption and Tolerance, petitioned the government for the right to grow, own and consume marijuana. The club claims that the right to get high is part of the Mexican constitutional doctrine of free development of personality.

Andres Aguinaco, the club's lawyer, equates a ban on marijuana to a limit on how much fast food someone can eat — he and the club encourage the government to tax and educate, rather than ban. Based on the politics of the Mexican supreme court, the odds are good that Mexico will acknowledge a citizen's fundamental right to use marijuana. Fusion adds that "A favorable ruling in the SMART case doesn’t mean marijuana will automatically become legal nationwide, but it will likely set a precedent."

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