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Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic lawmakers on Friday joined the hemisphere’s trend to decriminalize some narcotics, submitting legislation to amend Drugs and Controlled Substances Law which dates to 1988.

The piece submitted to the lower Chamber by deputies Esther Minyety and Juan José Morales considers recreational use by any person charged with simple possession of less than one gram of cocaine or marijuana. If the drug seized is more than one gram but less than five, those charged will be classified as consumers.

If the amount is five grams, but less than 10, the detainee will be classified as sick but could charged with distribution or sale.

In a press conference in Congress, Minyeti and Morales said the proposed legislation also amends Article 76 of that law, for the National Drug Council to manage 58% of the funds allocated to the NGOs which treat and regenerate addicts.

Similar legislation is now pending debate in Nicaragua, Uruguay and Mexico, also following the trend in some U.S. states.

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Written by: josean, 22 Mar 2013 11:56 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


You mean it was ever criminalized in Narcolandia?

Written by: Atabey, 22 Mar 2013 11:58 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--


BASTA,

will be happy.

Written by: Carpintero, 22 Mar 2013 12:20 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Dominican Republic
At last a breath of sanity!
Written by: Carpintero, 22 Mar 2013 12:21 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Dominican Republic
At last a breath of sanity!
Written by: RobertoJose, 22 Mar 2013 12:25 PM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island.... ((You're blind to the fact that you're blind))
Any drug that can have serious consequences if overdosed should be outlawed...Mary-Jane is the safer drug of the bunch.....I haven't seen anyone O.D on weed, there is an ingredient in cannabis that is called Fukit and the worst think that can happen to one is, you selectively forget stuff, eat your weekly rations in one sitting or worst, you can be come a couch potato. Any other drug will put you in the hospital or 6ft under, pushing up daisies.
Written by: Carpintero, 22 Mar 2013 12:47 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Dominican Republic
Then we should outlaw alcohol. Oh, wait. The US tried that and ended up with La Cosa Nostra. And then there's tobacco...
Written by: cibaeño75, 22 Mar 2013 12:52 PM
From: United States, New York City
"Any drug that can have serious consequences if overdosed should be outlawed..."

Many over the counter medications would result in death if someone were to overdose on them. Overdosing on Tylenol can kill a person.
Written by: Ricardolito, 22 Mar 2013 12:54 PM
From: Dominican Republic, calle A.Portes
just more deaths on the roads from now on
Written by: jasfalon, 22 Mar 2013 1:06 PM
From: United States
5 to 10 grams classifies you as "sick."
That's hilarious!

Then there's many of us who are terminally ill.
Written by: generoso, 22 Mar 2013 1:14 PM
From: Dominican Republic, "Good fences, make good neighbors"
The photo in the caption looks like Afghani sinsemilla, not found yet in DR.
Small amounts permitted by weight are ridiculous, in the case of MJ, and are based in places where MJ is a lot more potent, than in the DR. If they are going to decriminalize small amounts, do it on amounts less than one ounce, not one gram.
Yet this legislation, if passed, is a step in the right direction.
Written by: jasfalon, 22 Mar 2013 1:20 PM
From: United States

Does that brown shit with seeds and twigs from Haiti count? You can smoke a pound, and it does nothing.
Written by: cibaeño75, 22 Mar 2013 1:24 PM
From: United States, New York City
"The photo in the caption looks like Afghani sinsemilla, not found yet in DR."

Tu como que sabe demasiado de esa baina mi socio:P
Written by: RonEvane This user is banned, 22 Mar 2013 2:08 PM
From: United States, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Just think of the revenue earned, and the reduction in crime that the state and its people would benefit, big time, from!!
The commercialization of cannabis and the strictly regulated sales of Coke can be a humongous boost to our economy.
Not only will the domestic consumption be a great source of tax money, but the foreign influx that would result, is hard to estimate. I mean where on earth can a law-abiding citizen go to toke or smoke without fear of being robbed by illegal dealers, or imprisoned by the state?! ...Nowhere in the world!!

The one quick/easy way to fill all our hotel rooms and achieve the 10million tourists promised by Danilo, is to legalize, without restriction, the sale (by the government, only), of coke and Mary J.

However, let's not get into the slave-makers opiates, such as morphine, etc. They're evil and should be kept illegal forever.

Written by: rokete, 22 Mar 2013 2:44 PM
From: Dominican Republic, (((( DEPORT THE HAITIAN ILLEGALS AND THEIR ILLEGAL OFFSPRING !! ))) ............... (((((((((( ELECTRIC FENCE AT THE BORDER !!! ))))))))))

Ron

That was a good one, even with all the sarcasm it makes a lot of sense.

However, if the government is the seller we will be back to square one.

I propose the pharmacies or the ((colmados)), to make the sale as with all other drugs.

At least that will give a chance for the people, to make a buck on the transaction.

Written by: Mart1n, 22 Mar 2013 3:09 PM
From: Dominican Republic, North coast
Mary- Jane has a lot of medical used and it is only the stupid law that has prevented it's use medically. I hope it gets past as far as the others it might be a mistake.
Written by: walnut, 22 Mar 2013 3:12 PM
From: Dominican Republic, La Romana
Looks more like what we call "dirt weed".

At the dispensaries in LA, they can't give this crap away.

I love me some purple kush, though.

Written by: RonEvane This user is banned, 22 Mar 2013 3:22 PM
From: United States, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Agree, Rokete. But the government must, at least, regulate the distribution of places and people that it's sold to.
I believe, (like alcohol, tobacco), that it should be restricted to adults and that the price should be steep enough so that only some can afford it.

Both, coke and grass, have their detriments that can affect adversely. Such as grass being an impediment to learning in young minds, and coke becoming addictive and damaging to the heart and lungs, etc.

This is why it must be regulated and restricted by our government. However, the obvious fly in the ointment, is that it will generate such huge sums of money that those that are in charge of handling and distribution, will succumb to temptation and try to steal as much as they can carry in a gunny sack!! ...Still, in spite of its drawbacks, it's a good thing for our nation. Nothing's perfect.
Written by: rokete, 22 Mar 2013 4:29 PM
From: Dominican Republic, (((( DEPORT THE HAITIAN ILLEGALS AND THEIR ILLEGAL OFFSPRING !! ))) ............... (((((((((( ELECTRIC FENCE AT THE BORDER !!! ))))))))))

Ron

One drawback that worries me is the price of platanos going up.

For I am Cibaeno, and obviously cannot live without mangu.

After all, with all the tourists come home to get a cheap high,

farmers will plant more weed and less platanos.

LOLOL
Written by: Perception, 22 Mar 2013 6:10 PM
From: United States
There's the idea out there that making legal the use of some narcotics will reduce the consumption.

Pocession of one gram of cocaine to be considered recreational.

So, in a week a person will consume 7 grams, in a month will be 30 grams, and in a yr about 365 gr.

Why this two punk deputies go home and shoot themselves.

We need to upgrade the punishment ftom mild to a more severe ones.

Many people already are born "stupid " and now you want give them drugs.


Written by: RonEvane This user is banned, 22 Mar 2013 6:33 PM
From: United States, Gaithersburg, Maryland

"One drawback that worries me is the price of platanos going up."

Well, yeah, Rokete. There's always that chance, and a price to pay, no matter what. I suppose platanos could hit an all-time high in price, and some of us, Mangu lovers, will suffer. We may have to switch to eating "confle". I don't know.
Perhaps with the billions earned we may be able to afford importing them from Haiti....just saying...

Written by: RonEvane This user is banned, 22 Mar 2013 6:36 PM
From: United States, Gaithersburg, Maryland

"Many people already are born "stupid " and now you want give them drugs."

No drugs for you, Perception!
Written by: Perception, 22 Mar 2013 6:46 PM
From: United States
You only find a coke head with 10 grams of coke in his pocket at the morgue.

Written by: BASTA, 22 Mar 2013 6:47 PM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
Overdosing on Tylenol can kill a person. ++ so can water!

Also makes the best rope better than that nylon crap. Just ask G. Washington.

But 1 gram please!
Written by: RonEvane This user is banned, 22 Mar 2013 7:18 PM
From: United States, Gaithersburg, Maryland

"Also makes the best rope better than that nylon crap."

Totally right, Basta!! It has many uses, including some of the best paper, made!

People, google "hemp" and be surprised at the many products made from it!!
Written by: jasfalon, 22 Mar 2013 8:24 PM
From: United States

A new strain - RD Haze!
Written by: Carpintero, 22 Mar 2013 10:15 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Dominican Republic
It's not drugs that make people stupid, it's government propaganda about drugs.
Written by: RobertoJose, 22 Mar 2013 11:06 PM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island.... ((You're blind to the fact that you're blind))
The government must have alot of the stuff put away for this occasion.
Written by: Perception, 23 Mar 2013 10:34 PM
From: United States
This two deputies need to be investigated, there taking money from some scumbags..........
Written by: Perception, 23 Mar 2013 10:56 PM
From: United States
Descriminilazation of cocaine use never heard off it.!!!

I guess caribbean sin city......

Are the teamster and the mafia living down there.?

I guess yes, with that Plastic surgeon from kansas city calling the shots at east coast resort.

We're going after you'll. !!!!

Scumbags.

No space for parallel goverments.!!!
Written by: DaveB, 24 Mar 2013 8:34 PM
From: United States
Nowhere in the world are the various cartels going to let recreational drugs be legalized. The criminal cartels and the paracriminal cartels, like the pharmaceutical ones, will slap their elected representatives properties to the ground daily if they try to pass city legislation that reduces the cartels' net profits. If anybody from DT is reading this, narcotics are only the drugs derived from opium gum.
Written by: ohhhvictor, 25 Mar 2013 12:27 PM
From: United States
Drugs are drugs..
I really wouldn't like stone people driving in the streets..

or a stone teacher smoking weed in front of your children..

Drugs could take over an entire society..including your children , relatives and friends..Increasing the crime rate and no productivity either..
When people are going to need those drugs they are going to do ANYTHING to get it..

That's the worst disease in a society..What part of that dont you understand?
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