Latin America changing its mind on marijuana...

 

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The Argentinean Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that it was unconstitutional for the Government to have an adult arrested for the personal usage of marijuana, so long as the usage was not harming anyone.  The ruling came down unanimously, as the seven panel Bench heard the case of five young men who had been arrested for the possession of five joints.  This ruling comes on the heels of Friday's announcement from Mexico, which decriminalized the possession of a small amount of marijuana (along with small amounts of cocaine, heroin, and LSD). Earlier this year, Brazilian courts also ruled that arresting a person for illegal drugs was unconstitutional.


This news marks the growing trend within Latin American countries in regards to marijuana, many of whom find themselves cash strapped and overrun by drug lords making a pretty penny distributing a cash crop which the Nations have been missing out on taxing for going on decades now.

For the Latin American countries it makes sense to change their attitudes on drug policy.  Why criminalize what seems to be your nation's number one cash crop?  Never mind the money and resources wasted by law enforcement in trying to quarantine the users of the prohibited products... that's child's play.  Just think of the tourism aspects...


Marijuana lover tokin' some kind in Amsterdam...For someone to go to Amsterdam (the current Marijuana Mecca), it costs several thousands of dollars to get there, and half the year it is cold and snowy (due to it being so close to the arctic and the sort).  But now imagine if you will, going to a beautiful tropical paradise (like Mexico) or a pleasant Latin American countryside (like say Argentina) or a herpes and AIDs riddled orgy of sex and dancing (like Brazil) for your next marijuana get away, which would cost you less cash (due to the shorter flight times) and give you a better bang for your buck (due to our money exchanging better over there).  Sounds pretty fucking stellar, don't it?


norml_remember_prohibition_We, as Americans, should be supportive of our Central and South American brothers, freeing themselves from the archaic thoughts of yester-year, and look to our justice system to realize the errant thinking behind their prohibitionist policies.  But Americans should also look towards their Legislative Representatives and very politely ask them one simple thing...


What the fuck...


How is it that third world hell holes like Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico can figure out that the prohibition of marijuana (and drugs in general) does not seem to be working while the American government so desperately tries to convince itself that it does.


For over twenty years, the American government has waged a war on drugs.  In that time, drugs have become more prevalent in the main stream, easier to obtain, and stronger than ever before.  The people distributing them have made billions... BILLIONS... of dollars while our nation (as well as nations around the world) have spent trillions unsuccessfully trying to stop them.  Countless lives have been lost while countless more are wasted behind bars.  William Randolf Hearst, total square...And all because some douche bag lumber baron at the turn of the century was worried that hemp would one day make lumber (in regards to paper products) obsolete (which is what lead to marijuana being banned and started the ball rolling on the whole making certain drugs illegal). 


But the times, they are a-changin'...


Recent polls have shown a change in the views of the American people on the legalization of marijuana, finding for the first time a majority of Americans favoring decriminalization and taxation.  13 states have already passed laws allowing marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes, with more poised to address it in the coming year.  California, the first state in the nation to allow marijuana for medicinal use, is expected to vote on the complete decriminalization of marijuana in 2010.


So sit back, relax... hell, spark a bowl.  It won't be much longer now...

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