Government Of Uruguay Plans to Sell Marijuana To Citizens

LocationUruguayIs this an enlightened decision or complete folly? Jonathan Gilbert reports for the Christian Science Monitor:

Uruguay has long been at the vanguard of social reform in Latin America. Today, it is on the verge of passing into law one of its most radical ideas yet.

The Broad Front – the center-left coalition that holds power – is proposing a state monopoly over the production and distribution of marijuana, making Uruguay the first national government to sell cannabis directly to citizens. The government says the measure is necessary to combat rising drug-related crime, decrease health risks for users, and counter ineffective US policies on drugs. But within Uruguay, interest groups have labeled the legislation totalitarian, while some international bodies argue it breaches global conventions.

“We’re putting this forward as international policy,” says Sebastian Sabini, president of the parliamentary commission created to debate the bill. “The war on drugs has failed. There are more consumers and more violence.”…

[continues in the Christian Science Monitor]

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10 Comments on "Government Of Uruguay Plans to Sell Marijuana To Citizens"

  1. Awesome! ANOTHER reason I want to go to south america!

  2. Likely a monopoly on the sale and distribution not a ban on grown your own.

  3. Likely a monopoly on the sale and distribution not a ban on grown your own.

  4. underwater plant | Sep 21, 2012 at 1:32 pm |

    Brazils foot

  5. It’s not perfect, but Uruguay it’s an awesome country. One of the best of Americas for sure.

  6. I rather buy my pot in a dark alley in a bad neighborhood
    than buy it from THE GOVERNMENT

    thanks but I’ll grow my own

  7. I rather buy my pot in a dark alley in a bad neighborhood
    than buy it from THE GOVERNMENT

    thanks but I’ll grow my own

  8. C.Wright.Thru.U. | Sep 22, 2012 at 6:45 pm |

    join ‘meditation @ 4:20/legalize this’

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