Did you know that last month:
Mexico decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana,
cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamine and other drugs.
Whilst Argentina's Supreme Court unanimously ruled that it is
unconstitutional to punish an adult for private use of marijuana as
long as it doesn't harm anyone else. Supreme Court Justice Carlos
Fayt told the state-run Telam news agency that "reality"
changed his mind.
Also earlier this year, a Brazilian appeals court ruled that
possession of drugs for personal use is not illegal.
According to Peter Hakim, president of the Inter-American Dialogue
policy institute in Washington, a trend is at work, "It's all
part of a harm-reduction approach," Hakim said, noting that
policymakers are shifting away from getting rid of drugs and toward
figuring out how to reduce harm to users and society. More >