Ecuador Could Be Decriminalizing All Illegal Drugs


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Ecuador is reviewing a new piece of legislation that, if passed, would decriminalize the use of all illegal drugs.

The bill, authored by Carlos Velasco, who chairs the Ecuadorian congress’ Commission of the Right to Health, aims to put an end to the country’s war on drugs by providing drug users with treatment and rehabilitation instead of jail time.

“Treating the drug phenomenon in a repressive way, as was done in the 1980s and 1990s when prison was the only destination for the drug consumer, is absurd,” said Velasco.

Aside from shifting the country’s paradigm towards drugs and drug use, Velasco says another key component to putting an end to the war on drugs is educating the public about the harmful effects of drugs.