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Marijuana in Ecuador

Production and distribution of cannabis in this country is prohibited, however you can smoke in some of its streets without the authorities can come to punish. Yes, the controls at airports are usually very strict.

For 3 years, Ecuador has a table of maximum levels for the drug. As far as cannabis is concerned, the consumer can carry, without it being illegal, up to 10 grams of marijuana. This regulation was based on an article of the Constitution in which it is said that addiction is a public health problem.

The State also committed itself in 2013 to develop public policy in relation to the supply or the person with additions. Since the Justice Commission of the National Assembly it is also said that this table is for carriers to small doses are not treated as criminals.

Carlos Velasco also said that we must treat and rehabilitate addicts.

As it regards the marketing has also established a new scale with penalties ranging from 2 months in prison to 13 years. But for now has not occurred national debate on the legalization of marijuana. The absolute legalization has not yet been translated into a concrete proposal of citizenship nor politicians, although it would appear, with the appearance of this table consumption, which the state wants to tackle the drug problem otherwise unpunished as now, anyone that wear any minimum amount of substances until now not legal.

But it is clear that more and more voices in the public authorities are in favor of the non-criminalization of drug use in small doses. Few months, Carlos Velasco chaired the Ecuadorian Congress ‘Commission for the Right to Health‘ makes even claimed that it is wrong to jail someone who uses drugs. “The treatment of the phenomenon of drugs in a repressive way, as was done in 1980 and 1990, when the prison was the only destination for the drug user, is absurd, “he said in his own facebook page. Velasco also said that we must treat and rehabilitate addicts and that we must educate the Ecuadorian citizens about the harmful effects of drug use. That is, we must carry out a less repressive policy as far as drug use is concerned. Also keep in mind that Ecuador looks very closely to Uruguay, neighboring country where it has regularized the market for marijuana.

Care at the airport

From the Spanish Foreign Ministry confirmed that police checks at airports and ports are very conscientious, and drug trafficking convictions behave in virtually all cases, many years in prison and heavy fines, though the amount seized is small. No packages that neither commissions nor accept, whatever its content, because they have come to detect cases of drug impregnated clothing. At present more than one hundred Spanish citizens serving sentences in prisons in Ecuador for drug trafficking. And Ecuadorian prisons are far from presenting minimum acceptable standards due to overcrowding, poor sanitation and the existing danger inside prisons.

Care at the airport

In some streets, you can smoke

In Ecuador it is illegal to grow and distribute cannabis, but the law is often more benevolent with personal consumption. You can have one or two marijuana cigarettes and smoke them because this fact generally will not become an offense. Sometimes the police would warn the person who is smoking a joint because most consumers are not only stopped and made ​​them a warning if it is the first time this situation occurs.

In some streets, you can smoke marijuana Peruvian Skunk Strain

Moreover, in Ecuador you can be found in local signaling marijuana and can also find places to buy some cannabis. The price of marijuana in Ecuador, as in most places, depending on its quality. For example, one ounce of cannabis can cost around $ 10 if it is not of great quality, but the same weight, ie an ounce, can cost 200 or 300 dollars if it is of high quality.

The type of best-selling marijuana in this country is the Peruvian Skunk, a cannabis which has a good value for money as it is cheap and quality is quite acceptable.

Marijuana, most consumed substance

A recent report says that cannabis is the most abused drug in Ecuador. The National Survey on drug use in the population aged 12 to 65 was conducted in interviewing over 10,000 people residing in urban areas of major Ecuadorian cities. More than 5% of respondents admitted having smoked marijuana at some time, being the most consumed in this country no legal substance. According to this study the age group most cannabis consumed is located between 36 and 45 years. 12% of respondents said that the drugs obtained by co-workers, 11% by phone with “merchants” of this substance, and 3% in concerts or football matches. Furthermore, according to this study, 35% of respondents answered that it would be easier to get marijuana.

Associations pro-legalization

All Ecuadorians who want to be informed on issues related to marijuana may consult the Ecuador cannabis association, a space which reports on all its medicinal, recreational, spiritual and industrial use and the rules derived in force in Ecuador around marijuana. Besides being a pro-legalization page spreads and written and audiovisual material is exchanged. Information for the self-managed culture for use and curative, recreational, ritual and mental consumption spreads.

By Noelia Jiménez, Team Piensa En Verde

Marijuana in Ecuador: it is illegal to grow and distribute cannabis, but the law is often more benevolent with personal consumption.

The marijuana situation in Latin America, Ecuador, and Cuenca’s expat community; ‘the times they are a changin’

By Sylvan Hardy

Uruguay has become the only country in the world with legal, regulated, recreational-marijuana sales, the world’s first and only state-run marijuana marketplace. An omnibus marijuana law was passed in 2013, of which two major elements have gone into effect.

First, individuals are now allowed to grow up to six plants (17 ounces) at home; second, marijuana clubs of up to 45 individuals can band together to produce marijuana communally (up to 99 plants per year).

The fate of the most controversial aspect of the law — the licensing of farmers for large-scale production, user registration in a national database for the purchase of up t o nearly one and a half ounces per month, taxation, quality control, and the sale of state-controlled pot to consumers at pharmacies — remains undetermined.

Although Uruguay has taken the lead, many Latin American countries have implemented or are currently considering the decriminalization or outright legalizing of marijuana use. There’s almost universal agreement in Central and South America that current U.S.-led efforts to control illegal
drugs have failed. Often unstated is the feeling among government leaders that Latin America has borne the bloody brunt of the U.S. and Europe’s insatiable drug appetite.

According to Wikipedia, Argentina has decriminalized pot, which is tolerated for private consumption; marijuana is also decriminalized in Colombia (possession up to 22 grams for personal use) and Peru (up to eight grams); and in Chile, possession is still illegal, but medical marijuana has been decriminalized.

In June 2013, Ecuador, too, decriminalized the possession of small amounts (10 grams) of marijuana when the National Council of Control of Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs (CONSEP) published a table of drug-possession limits.

The rule didn’t constitute a “legalization” of pot (and three other drugs); rather, police were ordered not to make arrests for quantities below the limits listed in the CONSEP table.

As is true all over the world, in Ecuador, the legality or lack thereof of marijuana seems to have little connection to its popularity among users. Marijuana grows year-round in Ecuador, whose climate is favorable for cultivation. Connoisseurs tend to agree that Ecuador’s pot is of medium quality, which is reflected in the price. Purchased from local growers or middlemen, an ounce of low-quality cannabis runs as low as $30, while average-quality costs $50 and high-quality can fetch up to $75. Notable strains, such as Punto Rojo, Mango, Skunk, and Chola, some of which come from Peru and Colombia, can go as high as $300 an ounce.

Though the growing and selling of cannabis is strictly prohibited, personal use has been widely tolerated during the administration of Presidente Rafael Correa. You can sniff out the pungent aroma of burning cannabis on many streets and public stairways in Cuenca, often in the proximity of police, who aren’t looking to arrest pot smokers.

Expats from North America, many of whom have been smoking weed for decades, manage to find their drug of choice, whether in amounts that are decriminalized or illegal, through small informal networks of friends and fellow pot heads. The deals are almost totally private, though I’ve heard that, at least in one instance, when a gringo got a little too close to some Ecuadorian pot dealers known to the police, he was quietly warned to take his business elsewhere.

The latest wrinkle in the expat-community’s pot consumption centers around “bonbons,” or cannabis-infused chocolates. Recipes vary from kitchen to kitchen, of course, but the basic idea is to grind the pot finely in a blender, then combine it with melted butter and cook it at a low temperature (a slow cooker is ideal) for 30 to 60 minutes (or longer); add melted chocolate, stir well, pour into a chocolate mold, and refrigerate. A pound of butter, a pound of chocolate, and an ounce of pot will make roughly 100 bonbons. Other ingredients might include pure vanilla or mint extract, heavy cream, and nuts.

One bonbon enthusiast claims that Cuenca has become a fundamentally different place since the introduction of marijuana chocolates a year or so ago.

“In some surprising ways, Cuenca now reminds me of Greenwich Village in the sixties and seventies,” he says. “At any given time, perhaps a hundred expats are floating, literally, around town, high on bonbons, emitting the mellowest vibrations, which, to my mind anyway, go a long way toward counteracting the aggressiveness that’s common to alcohol drinkers.

“And, of course, behind closed doors, another hundred or so are emitting other kinds of vibes. Because bonbons are ingested and metabolized by the liver, they’re converted into an active metabolite that causes a more intense high and stronger body effects. Beyond that, I’ll leave it up to your imagination.”

The marijuana situation in Latin America, Ecuador, and Cuenca’s expat community; ‘the times they are a changin’ By Sylvan Hardy Uruguay has become the only country in the world with legal,