La discusión forma parte de una serie de audiencias públicas, y tiene como objetivo determinar si la cuestión será objeto de un nuevo proyecto de ley, teniendo en cuenta un informe que elaborará el senador Cristovam Buarque. Más información, en inglés, está disponible abajo.

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Activists demonstrate for the legalization of marijuana in Brazil on the Esplanade of Ministries, near Brazil's National Congress. Valter Campanato/Agência Brasil

The legalization of the production, trade and use of marijuana was once again a topic under debate today (Aug 11) at the Senate’s Human Right Commission. The discussion is part of a series of public hearings, and aims to determine whether the issue will provide the subject of a new bill, taking into consideration a report to be drawn up by Senator Cristovam Buarque.

“I haven’t adopted a position. I’m not convinced of anything,” Buarque admitted. In his view, Brazil is losing its war on drugs. “We must look for other ways to tackle the problem, either by legalizing [marijuana] or by creating new tools that, without legalization, enable us to win this war”, he argued.

Activist Alamar de Carvalho, in turn, holds a very clear opinion on the issue: “We do not want marijuana legalized in our country; we do not accept the argument that says it’s beneficial to health as a medicine, through the transformation of its medicinal components into pills or capsules. That marijuana is beneficial to health is not an indisputable fact in the international medical community.”

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