Potheads in Brazil are legally protected

Brazil Uncovered - Mexican president Andrés Manuel Lópes Obrador advocates decriminalization of marijuana to fight organized crime.
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Mexican president Andrés Manuel Lópes Obrador advocates decriminalization of marijuana to fight organized crime.

Mexico has all it takes to become the world’s largest legal marijuana market. Obrador is a strong advocate of decriminalization of marijuana as a means to fight organized crime.
 

The Mexican Senate approved, on Thursday (November 19), a bill to legalize the use of marijuana in the country for medicinal and recreational purposes. The decision passed by a large majority: 82-18. The bill will still be introduced in the lower house of Congress and then for presidential sanction by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
 

Leftist Obrador advocates the decriminalization of marijuana as part of his strategy to fight organized crime. If it happens, Mexico will become the third country to legalize marijuana for recreational use, following Uruguay and Canada. Mexican lawmakers are rushing to secure approval before the end of the current Congressional session on December 15.
 

In Brazil, the bill to decriminalize drugs was proposed in 2011. In May 2019 the then chief justice of the supreme court, Dias Toffoli, withdrew the bill from the voting agenda after meeting with president Bolsonaro. The government opposes the decriminalization of drug use and possession.
 

When the voting of the bill by the very progressive Brazilian Supreme Court started in 2015, justices Gilmar Mendes, Luís Roberto Barroso and Edson Fachin voted for decriminalization. Gilmar Mendes argued that the use of any drug, not just marijuana, should be decriminalized and explained that this would not mean legalization of drugs, just regulation of possession for personal use. Justice Barroso even proposed a calculation of the legal amount that the marijuana user may carry and even plant to avoid classification as a drug dealer.

Brazil Uncovered - Justice Barroso, does this classify as a small quantity for personal use?
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Justice Barroso, does this classify as a small quantity for personal use?

The new drug legislation in force in the country does not punish with imprisonment the person who acquires, keeps, keeps in deposit, transports or carries, cultivates or harvests small quantities of drugs for personal use. The pothead may be simply warned about the effects of drugs, perform community services or attend an educational program. So clearly the legislator’s view is that such behaviors are not worthy of disapproval by society.
 

The path of decriminalization is being paved in Brazil, despite protests from conservatives. It may be only a matter of time before drugs are also legalized in Brazil.

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