Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Argentina decriminalises use of cannabis

The Supreme Court in Buenos Aires has ruled that the possession of small amounts of cannabis is allowed in Argentina. The court concluded it is unconstitutional to prosecute people for the private use of the drug.

As a result, the ruling overturns a case from 2006 in which five people were sentenced to prison for the possession of a few joints. The Argentinian government had asked the court to review the case. The government wants to channel money into investigating the drug trade rather than prosecuting users.

After Colombia and Mexico, Argentina is the third South American country to decriminalise the possession of small amounts of drugs. Brazil and Ecuador are also considering the partial legalisation of drugs use.

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