Judge for yourselves today's news regarding
the new Drug Law, in the Brazilian daily
newspaper O GLOBO.
In a country where only about
10% of all violent criminals (with multiple
assassinations, kidnappings and robberies) are
judged and pay with prison for their crimes,
to imagine the drug related scenarios in the
near future is really scary. What amazes me
most is that there are not any maximum drug
quantities specified for self use.
Mina Seinfeld de Carakushansky
The new Brazilian Anti-drug Law, valid since
yesterday, determines that no drug user will
be imprisoned, even if caught while using
drugs. From now on, anybody discovered with
the posession of drugs for his/her own use,
will be presented before a judge and will have
to sign a term of compromise and will be
immediately liberated. In case of not being
possible to have the presence of a judge, the
police officer himself is allowed to sign a
formal document, etc. All this without
detaining the individual caught with drugs.
Special Drug Courts will determine, according
to each case, one of the following three
measures: Alerting the drug user about the
harms caused by drug use, a certain amount of
hours dedicated to community service, the
presence at some workshop or seminar.
The same law
applies to all those who plant and harvest
drugs for their own use.
The law does
not establish what are the maximum amounts of
drugs which can be considered for self use.
These are decisions to be made ad-hoc by the
judge. The Brazilian Drug Czar, General Paulo
Roberto Uchoa, declared that from now on the
drug users won't be persecuted anymore by