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Brazilian Senate committee to vote on drug trafficking proposal

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Brasilia, Mar 13 (Prensa Latina) The Constitution and Justice Commission (CCJ) of the Brazilian Senate will vote on Wednesday on the so-called Proposal for Amendment to the Constitution (PEC) that criminalizes drug trafficking.

The Supreme Federal Court (STF) is also analyzing the issue of drug possession.

The date of the vote was set last Thursday at the meeting of party leaders with the president of the assembly, Rodrigo Pacheco, for whom the proposal is lucid, and who seeks to determine a legal consequence of carrying consumption drugs to encourage a policy of rejection of narcotics in the country.

This week, the court resumed and then halted the trial that discusses whether or not possessing drugs for personal consumption should be considered a crime.

“The commitment of the president of the CCJ, David Alcolumbre, is already there, and we are going to start this debate, which is of interest to Brazilian society, of interest to the Brazilian family,” said the PEC speaker, Senator Efraim Filho.

Minister Antonio Días Toffoli, of the STF, requested on February 6th more time for the analysis of an extraordinary resource that deals with the definition of the quantity of drugs for personal possession and consumption.

The drug law (11.343 of 2006) determines punishment with educational measures and the provision of community services for those who acquire, keep, and transport marijuana and other substances “for personal consumption.”

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