The South American nation has been under siege by gang violence in recent years, culminating in a massive police strike that is ongoing at the time of this writing. Now, Brazil’s supreme court is considering drastic measures to combat the violence.
“A Brazilian Supreme Court justice called on Friday for the legalization of marijuana and even cocaine to undo the growing power of drug gangs behind a wave of violence that has shaken Latin America’s largest country.
“Justice Roberto Barroso, a Yale graduate and constitutional law professor, said 50 years of war against drugs had failed miserably, clogging jails with small-time dealers and fueling a violent gang battle for control of the lucrative trade.
“‘Unlike the United States and Europe where the problem lies in the impact drugs have on consumers, in Brazil the problem lies…