by Stefanie on 12/07/2013 | Cannabis News

Newsflash Ecuador: new law allows the possession of a small amount of cannabis

While Uruguay still needs to vote for the new cannabis regulation bill, Ecuador is breaking new ground by allowing citizens to carry small amounts of cannabis, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy or amphetamines without penalty.


Ecuador FlagWhile Uruguay still needs to vote for the new cannabis regulation bill, Ecuador is breaking new ground by allowing citizens to carry small amounts of cannabis, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy or amphetamines without penalty.

The Health Ministry set the following limits: 10 grams of cannabis, 2 grams of crack cocaine, 1 gramme of cocaine, 0.01 grams of heroin, 0.01 grams of ecstasy and 0.04 grams of amphetamines. The boundaries were set based on a report by the Ministry with a “technical analysis of toxicity, psychological studies, biological and other necessary information on narcotics and psychotropic substances for personal consumption.”

On June 20th, Diego Garcia, Ecuador’s Minister of Justice,  made clear that “the law allows consumption and considers it not criminal, but cultivation, trafficking and sale of small or high amounts [of drugs] remain illegal.” Garcia also said that “we must acknowledge that in Ecuador, according to the Constitution (article 364), we do not criminalise drug use. We consider it a health problem and not a crime.”

Ecuador’s government made the decision to allow the possession of a defined amount of drugs, but where can users obtain them? This is only one of the questions remaining unanswered. Sensi Seeds will follow the happenings around cannabis and the war on drugs in Latin America closely.

Source: Associated Press from June 21, 2013

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