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BE and IL asked this Wednesday to lower to the committee, without a vote, the bills on the legalization of cannabis for personal use, defending the liberals that in the “specialty it is possible to deepen the debate and gather consensus”.

In the potestative debate in the Assembly of the Republic, requested by the Left Bloc (BE) – which also presented its bill -, the leader of the Liberal Initiative (IL), João Cotrim Figueiredo, underlined that the party did not advance due to a “modernist tic” ” or “political calculation” in the presentation of the proposal, but by “conviction”, by remembering that the theme is part of its program and by translating “a vision of society in which people are politically sovereign”.

The Liberal Initiative has never affirmed, or even hinted at, that this issue is the country’s biggest problem, nor has it commented on the political opportunity of this debate.”, explained João Cotrim Figueiredo, adding: “In defending the enshrinement of a right, we are neither endorsing nor recommending its use”.

Simultaneously, he left a ‘message’ to the right-wing parties, when he noted that the “Liberal Initiative will not make the mistake of others who, for decades, have allowed the left to appropriate certain issues”. The IL leader also stressed citizens’ freedom of decision, based on recognition of the “absolute failure of the prohibitionist approach” and on individual responsibility and free markets.

We don’t want to go from a model in which traffickers are sent to one in which the state is ordered. The role of the State is not to benefit from people’s habits or vices, but rather to ensure that the rules apply universally and responsibly in socially relevant matters. Among these are, of course, topics such as selling to minors or people with mental disorders, THC concentration, labeling and health warnings”, he stressed.

IL’s bill provides for the self-cultivation of cannabis with limits or the prohibition of sale to children under 18 years old and close to schools, without State intervention in price fixing or exclusive marketing.

At the opening of the debate, the BE proposed to parliament a “participated and inclusive process” that would result in a “considered, rigorous and effective law” for the legalization of cannabis for personal use, considering that it can move forward “with broad consensus” in the current legislature .

According to the Blocist bill, and as reported by the Lusa agency, the Blocists propose the “legalization of cannabis for personal non-medicinal consumption, with the law now regulating aspects of production and cultivation, marketing, acquisition, possession and consumption of the plant or derivatives”.

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