After Uruguay and Colombia, enthusiasts across South America are now gathering and marching for the legalization of cannabis in several other countries as well.
Marches for the legalization of marijuana happened in several South American countries over the past few days, most prominently in Brazil, Argentina, and Peru.
The weed map of South America currently looks like this:
As you may see from the map, there are several places in South America where cannabis is still strictly illegal, such as Suriname and its two neighboring countries on the north of the continent.
The rest of the countries, however, have passed at least some type of decriminalization law, and several countries even have legal medical marijuana as a part of their healthcare system.
Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Uruguay have all legalized medical marijuana in the previous several years, and Uruguay has even legalized recreational marijuana.
The rest of the countries in South America have some sort of decriminalization laws in places, most countries allowing for a rather decent amount to be found in possession.
A push for further legalization
Seeing how Canada, and several places in the United States, have passed laws legalizing recreational cannabis, or are in the process of doing so, three countries in South America are now fighting for the further legalization of recreational marijuana.
Those attending marches for cannabis legalization say that the war on drugs must end, not only in the US but around the world, as it has produced way too many casualties and unnecessary violence.
“No more imprisonment for cultivating, no more raiding our houses, kicking our doors, stealing the plants, taking away the medicine from our children” – said cannabis supporter Federico Riveiro.
In Peru, Conservatives have passed a bill allowing the legalization of medical marijuana which was supposed to allow for cannabis oil to be produced, imported and commercialized.
However, the follow up on that bill fell through when the Congress failed to draft the law in the following 60 days after the bill was passed, according to local media.
Ana Alvarez is one of the many fighting for legal cannabis in Lima, and she does her part through Buscando Esperanza — Searching for Hope in order to campaign for medicinal marijuana.
“Medical marijuana is legal in our country, it is recognized as medicine. We have achieved that in a short time, exactly seven months, the law of medical marijuana has been drawn up, now we’re just waiting for the regulation,” she said.
Marijuana has long played a part in South American culture, and it has been present among the population for hundreds of years throughout the history of cannabis.
Given that most countries have already passed some sort of law decriminalizing possession of marijuana, it seems that the scene is ripe for South America to kick it into a higher gear and we can expect more legalization movements across the continent.