Argentina Court Ruling Allows Pot Use

The Argentina Supreme Court ruled Tuesday it is unconstitutional to punish an adult for private use of marijuana as long as it doesn’t harm anyone else.

Argentina becomes the second Latin American country in the past four days to allow personal use of a formerly illegal drug.

The seven-member Argentina Supreme Court decision was unanimous, the court’s Web site said.

The case in question involved five young men who were arrested for having a few marijuana cigarettes in their pockets.

Supreme Court Justice Carlos Fayt, who at one time supported laws that make personal use of marijuana illegal, told the state-run Telam news agency that “reality” changed his mind.

Argentina’s action came amid growing momentum in Latin America toward decriminalization.

Mexico enacted a law Friday that decriminalizes possessing low quantities of most drugs, including marijuana, heroin, cocaine and LSD.

Earlier this year, a Brazilian appeals court ruled that possession of drugs for personal use is not illegal.

Peter Hakim, president of the Inter-American Dialogue policy institute in Washington, sees the shift in attitude toward drugs as recognition that current policy is not working.

“It’s all part of a harm-reduction approach,” Hakim said, noting that policy is shifting toward figuring out how to reduce harm to the users and to society.

– Article from CNN.

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  1. mike bifari on

    hi I am from argentina anI am also am activist for marijuana use, I wanted to piont out that the prhibisionism has suffer a severe hit here , with this new ruling made by the suprem court ,the facts, are that thier has been such a failure in the current war on drugs , that even the most conservatives sectors are kind of recognizing it ,this is a great oportunity for us cannabis advocates , there is a big confusion on the air , they try to confuse as a last tactic , putting every single drug on the same bag , and then the media that works for the prhoibisionist , are patetic, the way they try to manipulated the facts , we from our small but growing vigorous cannabis movement, say that we musty participate more than ever educatying and giving info about the cannabis use and culture , thier is a space to occupaid , thanks to all , and best ,some where from the argentine mountains ,,,,mike bifari

  2. Anonymous on

    Supreme Court Justice Carlos Fayt, who at one time supported laws that make personal use of marijuana illegal, told the state-run Telam news agency that “reality” changed his mind.

    We understand “reality”!

  3. Lygeia on

    Intelligent, thoughtful people are going to start moving to these countries that have legalized cannabis…

  4. Anonymous on

    It took the courage of a great leader of the people,with the greatest respect for her people to defy the imperialist,oppressive goverment that has made this earth a living Hell….It’s TIME FOR THE REST OF THE LATIN COUNTRY’S TO WALK THE TALK..If the U.S PUTS BASES IN COLUMBIA,THE ONLY WAY TO COUNTER IS MAKING POT LEGAL…ABSOLUTLY BRILLANT !!!! THANK YOU ON BEHALF OF THE OPPRESSED IN THE U.S.and the world to stand up to the WAR MONGERS….

  5. David Malmo-Levine on

    “The Argentina Supreme Court ruled Tuesday it is unconstitutional to punish an adult for private use of marijuana as long as it doesn’t harm anyone else.”

    The Harm Principle! That’s a really good principle of fundamental justice! Somebody should use that in a Sect. 7 Constitutional Challenge and bring that to the Supreme Court of Canada!

    Oh wait. We already did that.

    I wish we had Argentinian Judges at the Canadian Supreme Court.