The Mexican government has given four people the first permits allowing growing and possession of marijuana for personal use.

The government's medical protection agency says the permits apply only to the four plaintiffs who won a November Supreme Court ruling.

The permits don't allow smoking marijuana in the presence of children, or anyone who hasn't given their consent.

The permits also don't allow the sale or distribution of the drug.

The court's ruling doesn't mean a general legalization. But if the court rules the same way on five similar petitions, it would then establish the precedent to change the law and allow general recreational use.

Dozens of people have since filed similar appeals to get such permits.