A recent Gallup poll revealed that for the first time, Americans are in suppport of legalizing marijuana in the United States. Over the past several years, countries throughout Latin America have passed laws in favor of the cannabis plant. Take a look:
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In Peru, people are allowed to have up to 8 grams of marijuana in their possession, as long as it is the only drug they are found carrying.
Uruguay was the first country in the world to license and enforce rules for the production, distribution and sale of marijuana to adult consumers. The country’s drug czar recently announced that in the second half of 2014, marijuana would begin to be sold at $1 per gram.
The private use of marijuana in small amounts is legal in Argentina after the country’s Supreme Court ruled that it would be unconstitutional to ban it.
In 2009, Mexico passed a law decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
The country’s Constitutional Court ruled in 2012 to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use. Under this measure, anyone caught with less than 20 grams of marijuana will not be prosecuted or detained.
A person can be found with up to 10 grams of marijuana in their possession, without being punished, unless a court figures out that the person is addicted to drugs.
In 2006, Brazil decriminalized the possession of marijuana for personal use.
Chile allows people to use marijuana as long as it is in small quantities, on private property and without additional parties.