Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Scientists Propose Agenda to Decriminalize Drug Use

Posted on May 22, 2013 • Filed under: Brazil, Politics, Social Issues reported on May 21, 2013 that Brazilian scientists presented an agenda to Viva Rio; a non-governmental organization, to decriminalize the use of drugs as well as adopt more open-minded policies towards drug users. This agenda is an attempt to reform drug laws and will be presented to Congress. An issue with the current drug legislation is the unclear distinction between recreational users and drug dealers. In addition, scientists claim drug use is a health issue and not an issue for the police. The executive direct of Viva Rio believes Brazil will be an active participant in the global debate over the issue.Read Article

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