Marches Call for Decriminalization of Cannabis in Brazil

The Supreme Court had scheduled a voting session on decriminalization this coming Wednesday, but last week it was withdrawn from the Court’s calendar.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Thousands gathered on Saturday in São Paulo’s iconic Avenida Paulista to participate in the March for the Decriminalization of Marijuana. Marches such as these have been recorded around Brazil since the beginning of May, with the intent of pressuring Brazil’s Supreme Court to decide in favor of the issue.

“Prohibiting it does not work, prohibition leads to corruption, to violence,” said sociologist and Rio de Janeiro city councillor Renato Cinco during Rio’s march. “We know that marijuana does not kill, but the ban on marijuana kills . . .

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