Five* Latin American nations are holding presidential elections in 2021, with some important legislative elections taking place as well. Some of these contests have implications for cannabis policy, and we will be looking at what is at stake in each vote. In January, we previewed Ecuador’s presidential contest, the second round of which will be held this Sunday, April 11. On that same day, the first round of Peru’s elections will take place. With medical cannabis already legal in the country, could further legalization be on the table after the elections?

Until early February, George Forsyth, a former soccer player, was the clear leader in the polls. Forsyth is in favor of keeping medical cannabis legal, but does not support adult-use legalization. As election day approaches, however, Forsyth’s popularity has taken a steep dive. According to one recent poll, he has dropped to sixth place. That same poll shows Keiko Fujimori and Hernando de Soto tied for first place, each with 9.8% of the vote.

Under Peruvian law, if no candidate passes the 50% threshold in the first round, the winner and runner-up must dispute a second round. Given the large number of candidates and how fractured the vote is,

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