Drug decriminalization measure passes with a divided PAN

A Government-supported proposal to de-criminalize possession of small quantities of drugs passed the Chamber of Deputies, despite opposition from many PANistas that had appeared likely to stall the measure. The final vote was 184 to 88, with 44 abstentions. The votes of all three major parties were split. The Senate has already approved the measure by a vote of 87-10. The law will decriminalize possession of up to 5 grams of marijuana, 500 milligrams of cocaine, and small quantities of other drugs. (Reforma 4/28, 4/30, 5/1)

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