Young Salvadorans require decriminalize marijuana

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Proponents of decriminalization of marijuana possession and self-cultivation are The Mary Guanaca, FESPAD and Evangelical Protestant Church of El Salvador (Photo: IEPES)

About 500 young Salvadorans marched Saturday in downtown San Salvador demanding the decriminalization of the possession and cultivation of marijuana in the country, according to a report by AFP.
Young people, concentrated in the Divine Savior of the World Monument, west of the capital, used costumes representative of the plant plus banners showing messages like “marijuana is a product of our land, not the penalty.”
“We ask that the country authorities believe a new policy in which the possession and cultivation responsible for marijuana decriminalization, we know that is an issue that raises suspicions but that it is time to be discussed at the public hearing,” said Victor Aragon, one of the march organizers and board member of the organization called “The Mary Guanaca”.
The Protestant Church in El Salvador met with members of various legislative factions, where they propose to discuss the decriminalization of marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes, ie, for fun. In this regard, the Health Minister Maria Isabel Rodriguez, has expressed agree to discuss the issue.
Jonathan Sanchez, 22, said that “if left to criminalize the possession and cultivation of marijuana is achieved lower illegal trade and environment for the authorities not prohibit but regulate the use of the herb is created” .For his part, Mauricio Rivas, local Catholic priest said as he watched the march that “these boys and girls do not ask why, they just no longer smoking but now want to be open growers and consumers of marijuana, our society is not ready for this. ”
The purpose of the discussions is to propose a bill that would decriminalize the use of marijuana in small amounts and purchasing medicinal purposes, and the self-cultivation in home gardens.
Uruguay was the first country to legalize the production and marketing during 2013. This new legislation will come into effect from April, as was criticized by the International Narcotics and Narcotics of the United Nations (UN ).