Argentine Supreme Court to Decriminalize Drug Possession Today

The Argentine Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling decriminalizing drug possession for personal use today. The ruling will come in the case of five juveniles arrested with marijuana in the city of Rosario. The case has been under consideration by the high court for almost a year. The Argentine federal government has been reviewing its drug laws with an eye toward abandoning repressive policies toward users and is waiting for this case to be decided to move forward with new legislative proposals. Supreme Court Justice Carlos Fayt told the Buenos Aires Herald that the court had reached a unanimous position on decriminalization, but declined to provide further details. A positive Supreme Court decision on decriminalization would ratify a number of lower court decisions in recent years that have found that the use and possession of drugs without causing harm to others should not be a criminal offense.
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Latin America

It seems the Latin American countries are tired of going along with the US on the smaller drug cases. Let's hope the world is watching.

tired or just smarter?

I think, just maybe, the people in the other countries are taking their heads out of the sand and admitting that great waste in spending and in lives destroyed in their failed "drug war"! Compare the number of people who died of alcohol related deaths as to "other "drug" related deaths and it will become clear which is the more toxic, of all of the drugs!

One study, I reviewed, looking for drug related auto fatalities, in the past, showed that no statistics were found that demonstrated drug users were contributing, any, in the auto fatality statistics. It was alcohol users and those who used drugs while they got drunk (18% of the 38%) that caused 38% of the auto fatalities that year!

With all of the other facts available to learned people, why has our country not become a little wiser? We need to learn from the example!

Clarification?

Are they decriminalizing all drugs or just marijuana? I've read both and don't understand what's going on. Anyone know for sure?

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Phil is looking into this.

Phil is looking into this. Will post as soon as we have info -- Friday in the Chronicle at the latest, hopefully sooner.

David Borden, Executive Director
StoptheDrugWar.org: the Drug Reform Coordination Network
Washington, DC
http://stopthedrugwar.org

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