Ecuador has decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana and four other drugs. The move, which was expected, came last week when the National Council of Control of Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs (CONSEP) published a table of drug possession limits.
The limit for marijuana possession was set at 10 grams.
CONSEP said that the new rule does not constitute a “legalization” of
Canábico, an Ecuadorian advocacy group for legalization of marijuana, said the decriminalization is a step in the right
Gabriel Buitrón, founder of Ecuador Canábico, says, “The drug problem isn’t consumers, it’s the black market, which generates violence, human trafficking, and the highest murder rate in Latin America.”
He says the law needs to go
Other drugs included on CONSEP’s decriminalization list include
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According to the United Nations, Ecuador has more political refugees than any other country in Latin America. The UN says that 99% of the
The number of Ecuador’s refugees is officially put at 55,249 although authorities say the unofficial count is probably closer to 100,000.
According to the UN, most refugees in Ecuador live in poverty with 60% of them
Cities with the largest numbers of refugees, according to officials, are Ibarra
Ecuador to construct 40 new tech schools
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The schools will focus on specific skills, such as industrial mechanics, computer science and food processing, and that an evaluation process is underway to determine where the centers will be built, although most will be in urban