Brazil Supreme Court debates decriminalization of drugs

The case comes amid calls for the decriminalization of marijuana possession in Brazil
The Associated Press
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

brasil-descriminalizacao-stfBrazil's Supreme Court 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.