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After legal win, Hermosillo activist now has permit grow, smoke marijuana

An Hermosillo activist now has something few of his fellow Sonorans have: a permit to grow and smoke marijuana.

Last year, attorney and activist Miguel Haro was denied a permit to smoke and grow marijuana recreationally by Cofepris, basically the Mexican version of the US FDA. That’s despite a 2021 Supreme Court ruling that declared all prohibitions on recreational pot use unconstitutional, and ordered Cofepris to develop a means for Mexicans to enjoy that right. Haro took the denial to court, won and recently received his permit.

Ideally, he said that Cofepris should simply abide by the Supreme Court’s order. But until then he knows how to get a permit despite the agency’s intransigence.

“More people are reaching out to me, asking for help to get their permits,” he said.

Born and raised in the Intermountain West, Murphy Woodhouse has called southern Arizona home for most of the last decade. He’s one of two field correspondents at KJZZ’s Hermosillo bureau, where his reporting focuses on the trade relationship between Arizona, Sonora and the rest of Mexico.Before joining the station, Murphy was a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star and the Nogales International. Prior to his reporting career, he completed a master’s degree at the University of Arizona’s Center for Latin American Studies and did three wildfire seasons with the Snake River Hotshots. He’s a proud graduate of the University of Montana’s School of Journalism.When he’s not reporting, Murphy is often out in the woods running or riding singletrack, or swinging in a hammock with a book.