Efforts to legalize marijuana, however, fizzled Wednesday as lawmakers conceded they didn't have the votes. Instead, lawmakers said they might vote to eliminate some criminal penalties for smoking marijuana in public and create a way for people to expunge past pot convictions from their records.
In the neighbouring US, nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana. California, home to one in eight Americans, launched the United States' biggest legal marijuana marketplace on Jan 1.
Here’s a look at the status of marijuana laws in some countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. ARGENTINA: Personal possession of marijuana was decriminalised under a 2009 Supreme Court ruling that jail time for small amounts of drugs violates Argentina’s constitution. Although the ruling only referred to pot, in practice it extended to most […]