Small Amounts of Drugs Decriminalized in Ecuador

Ecuador has taken a significant step towards ending their nation’s war on drugs, which has been a clear and unambiguous failure. Under the new policy,Ecuador-Flag published by the nation’s Substance Control, small amounts of drugs – including 10 grams of cannabis – will no longer be criminal charges which carry with it the possibility of jail time. Other drugs effected in the new change include heroin and cocaine, although a much smaller amount will be decriminalized (0.1 and 2 grams respectively).

Although this move is a positive step forward (a similar policy in Portugal has cut addiction rates in half, among other improvements), activists in Ecuador understand that it’s only a start; “The drug problem isn’t consumers: it’s the black market, which generates violence, human trafficking, and the highest murder rate in Latin America”, states Gabriel Buitrón, founder of Ecuador Canábico. Garbiel supports the full legalization of cannabis, including cannabis cultivation.

Members of Ecuador Canábico are currently working on a policy paper which will promote the controlled production, distribution and storage of cannabis for exclusive use within Ecuador; they plan to present the National Assembly with a draft of the paper later this year.


About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.


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  1. Paul

    I am writing a thesis on the downside of the war on drugs and the positive economic effects of legalization in Ecuador is it possible to get in contact with a member of Canábico?

    1. Eva

      Hi Paul!!! Did you get some information? I am writing also thesis on this theme. If you have some information, could you write me? I would be very gratefull!!! 🙂

  2. Paul

    I am writing a paper on the downsides of the war on drugs and the positive effects of legalization of drugs for the Ecuadorians is it possible to get in contact with a member of Canábico?

  3. Darryl Decker

    Can’t wait till the World get Wise to Legalization.

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