Legislation in this country is quite strict and also distinguishes between three offenses: possession, trafficking and smuggling. And all of them are prison terms, which does not prevent, for many years been a big move in the street in favor of legalizing cannabis.
Argentina legislation, as far as drugs in force since 1989, has three criminal concepts:
– First drug possession, if the authorities confiscated cannabis to a person, or any type of drug, the law punished with imprisonment ranging from 1 to 6 years. Although, if it is found that the drugs are for personal use, it is less restrictive but the accused will also spend time in jail, in this case the term of imprisonment ranges from month to two years in prison.
– The second criminal concept which foresees the Argentina legislation is drug trafficking (or trade with these substances) in this case is punishable with imprisonment for 4-15 years. If it is found that traffic has been occasional, free of charge, provided they are stated unequivocally that it is for personal use, it will be 6 months to 3 years.
– Third is drug smuggling (import, export and customs control concealment) is punishable by prison sentences of 4 and a half years to 16 years. If it is proven unequivocally that are for personal use, the penalty is from 3 to 12 years.
We must also add that, in addition to these custodial sentences, there are fines of 60 euros for drug possession, and included 60 to 5,000 euros for drug trafficking marijuana.
Argentines want legalization
For some years, held in Buenos Aires a demonstration for the legalization of cannabis which is part of the Global Marijuana March (Marcha held simultaneously in more than 849 cities worldwide since 1999 and to be held the first Saturday in May). In this demonstration, thousands of people (accounted about 100,000 every year) are demanding the legalization and regulation of all cannabis for both medical use and for recreational or industrial use.
In this event even food sold made from cannabis, marijuana smoking accessories or books on this plant. This day is always a party, peaceful march for marijuana fills the streets and becomes a claim shouting “No more prisoners to cultivate cannabis”, “Auto-culture now!” And “Freedom to Mary”.
Requests the World Marijuana March
One of the main demands of this March happens to make reality the slogan “No more prisoners to cultivate, and regulation of cannabis.” World March has several protest points among which are:
– As regards the self-cultivation: an end to the raids, arrests and criminal processes cannabis growers.
– Regulate Cannabis Social Clubs for access to cannabis seeds.
– Holding: the cessation of arrests and prosecutions users for simple possession of psychoactive substances prohibited.
– They also want to be authorized by the State the medicinal use of cannabis and its derivatives.
– It also calls on state promotion of industrial use of non-psychoactive cannabis and that an investigation, also from the state, the medicinal uses of this plant.
– It also calls for a law of public, universal and free of the problems associated with the use of psychoactive substances attention.
What the newly released president thinks?
We must not also forget that Argentina is close to Uruguay, where cannabis has recently been legalized and where the state has taken the lead role in the production and distribution of the drug.
The president of Argentina, the newly elected Mauricio Macri said that Uruguay have to watch to see what the consequences of regulation, production and sale of marijuana are. Macri said that the policy has been carried so far as cannabis is concerned, there have been successful and have to monitor how they evolve new laws adopted in Uruguay in case they might serve as a model for the Argentine country .
Argentine artists for marijuana
Many famous Argentines who support the legalization of cannabis, from the musician Andrés Calamaro to the actor Federico Bal passing many other public figures. Andres Calamaro himself saw last year a court in the city of Cordoba Argentina was filing a complaint against him for alleged incitement to marijuana. The complaint was filed by a legislator and a prosecutor after saying Calamaro in concert “Beauty evening to smoke a cheerleading.” The complainants argued that the attitude of the musician could violate national drug law that condemns up to 6 years in prison who publicly disseminate drug use, or suggest another person to consume. But a judge has finally determinated the singer did not exceed the limits of freedom of expression to utter that phrase.
Another musician Leo García, has also defended the use and legalization of marijuana. A few months ago he and his band were arrested for carrying marijuana in his car, it was a small amount and its destination was the own consumption, that is, for him and his musicians.
Argentine actor Federico Bal is also in favor of the legalization of cannabis. Even a few weeks ago, Bal posted a photo on twitter at age 10 and in which he appears with his parents wearing a shirt with a drawing of a Rastafarian under two palm trees in the form of marijuana and with the words “To Legal“.
The daughter of actor Ricardo Darin, Clara Darin, said last year that the first joint smoked with his family, more specifically, with his mother and brother.
Finally, the author Maitena Argentina, claiming to be regular cannabis consumer and ensures that it has a medicinal function; also that he has never had problems with drugs and yet she herself has had with alcohol.
By Noelia Jiménez, Team Piensa En Verde