The Different Projects on Drugs

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June 4, 2012
La Voz, Argentina

English Translation

Vilma Ibarra (Nuevo Encuentro). National deputy until December 2011 (see Project in PDF)
“Despite the predominent jurisprudential criteria of the time, in 1989, Law 23.737 was sanctioned, whose Article 14, 2nd paragraph establishes that the punishment would be from one month to two years imprisonment when the quantity was small and other circumstances unequivocally suggest that the possession was for personal use (…) In light of the factual evidence of its inutility in solving the problem of drug addiction, it is necessary to repeal the 2nd paragraph of Article 14.”

Victoria Donda (Libres del Sur). National deputy for Buenos Aires (see Project in PDF)
“At the beginning of 2009, a UN conference announced that the policy based on a 1998 slogan “A world free of drugs. We can do it” should be reviewed. The director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa, acknowledged that the policies of criminalizing consumers have favored large drug cartels that have become richer and more powerful. We must find an intermediate point between legalization and criminalization.”

Margarita Stolbizer (GEN). National deputy for Buenos Aires (see Project in PDF)
“The decriminalization of possession for consumption as well as the growing of marijuana sedes is important because in addition to respecting people’s basic constitutional right to freely choose what they do in their privacy, there are also many other advantages: in knowing the quality of what is being consumed, the health of the users is benefitted, something that is not happening today because they have to resort to the black market. It also allows marijuana users to stop financing the drug trafficking trade, which, although not desired by the users, is happening today.”

Ricardo Gil Lavedra (UCR). National deputy for the federal capital (see Project in PDF)
“We are also incorporating a reduction in the minimum criminal sentence applied to the crime of drugs smuggling. The people employed by criminal organizations to transport small quantities across borders are usually women, from socially vulnerable spheres and are forced to undertake this activity, very often putting their health in grave danger, in exchange for laughable payments. Due to the crudeness of the methods, they are usually detained in border zones and their foreign status ensures that they remain detained until the trial date.”

Adriana Puiggrós (FPV). National deputy for Buenos Aires (see Project in PDF)
“Drug consumption covers a complex social reality and in the case of possession of small quantities for personal use, we should take into account the terrible disproportionality of the intervention of criminal justice when in reality we are in the face of something that requires medical treatment and social policies. To attend to these cases, the criminal system is not the best instrument; in fact, during almost all of the 20th Century, it has been shown to be ineffective. Instead of punishing these people, we should offer them an adequate system of assistance.”

Diana Conti (FPV). National deputy for Buenos Aires (see Project in PDF)
“The criminalization of drug possession for personal consumption has not eradicated it, it hasn’t even diminished. The human resources and budgets for the criminal system fully dedicated to this matter and therefore subtracted from others, have not been effective. They are also not useful in decreasing the trade and trafficking of drugs. The resources of the judiciary, which are already scant, should not be squandered in pursuing the victims of drugs; they should be directed to putting the mafias behind bars who manage the trafficking, the money laundering, and the other illicit businesses.”

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