Brazil Supreme Court debates decriminalization of drugs

ABC News, 08/19/2015

Brazil’s Supreme Court on Wednesday began debating a drug case that could lead to the decriminalization of possession for personal use in the South American country.

In 2009, an inmate in a Sao Paulo prison was caught with three grams of marijuana. The crime of drug possession was tacked on to his criminal record that included robbery, sale of stolen goods and illegal possession of a gun. Two years, later the public defender’s office in Sao Paulo state filed an appeal on his behalf arguing that the inclusion of drug possession was unconstitutional because it violated the constitutional right to privacy.

The Supreme Court’s 11 justices began discussing the case Wednesday. After about three hours, Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski adjourned the session and said debate would be resumed Thursday. A final ruling is not expected for several days.

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