Peru, is a country in western South America. It is bordered in the north by Ecuador and Colombia, in the east by Brazil, in the southeast by Bolivia, in the south by Chile, and in the west by the Pacific Ocean.
Cannabis and all activities associated with it are illegal in Peru, however The Peruvian Penal Code does allow some leeway in terms of the possession of weed for personal use. According to Article 299 (“Posesión No Punible,” or non-punishable possession), the possession of marijuana is not punishable if possessed for personal and immediate consumption in quantities not exceeding “eight grams of marijuana or two grams of derivatives.”
The former head of the country’s National Drug Control Commission, Ricardo Soberon, has said Peru should consider legalizing cannabis. Uruguay recently became Latin America’s first nation to legalize the cannabis industry, encouraging its neighbors to follow suit.
- Peru at Marijuana Travels
- Peru burns record 50-tonne marijuana haul (August 3, 2012), BBC
- Peru destroys record 50 tons of marijuana plants by Michael Kane (August 14, 2012), Beckley Foundation
- Peru: Former Drug Control Director Calls For Marijuana Legalization by Steve Elliott (January 4, 2014), Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp
- Cannabis Crackdown: Peru's Escalation by Bill Weinberg (February 7, 2014), High Times
- Peru: Cannabis Activists Stage Sit-In by Bill Weinberg (May 19, 2014), High Times
- Is Marijuana Legal in Peru? (2014), About.com.
- Peru calls for debate on the legalization of marijuana (January 4, 2014), RT.