Marijuana Legalization Measure Filed in Brazil

Legislation that would legalize marijuana for all uses has been filed in Brazil.

Filed in the lower House by federal deputy Paulo Teixeira from the opposition Workers’ Party, the measure would legalize the possession and regulated distribution of marijuana for adults. The move comes roughly a year after Supreme Court Justice Roberto Barroso called on the government to legalize marijuana as a means of reducing gang violence.

“Following the international trend, I proposed # PL10549 for cannabis regulation, inspired by successful experiences like Uruguay, USA, Spain and Portugal”, said federal deputy Paulo Teixeira in a recent tweet.

With over 200 million residents, Brazil is the most populated country in South America.

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