Uruguay Likely to Create Legal Marijuana Market

Flag_of_Uruguay.svgUruguayan lawmakers say that creating a legal marijuana market will save money and lives.

Via The Guardian:

Uruguay’s unprecedented plan to create a legal marijuana market has taken its critical first step in the lower house of Congress.

All 50 members of the ruling Broad Front coalition approved the proposal just before midnight on Wednesday in a party line vote, keeping a narrow majority of the 96 MPs present after more than 13 hours of passionate debate.

The measure now goes to the Senate, where passage is expected to make Uruguay the first country in the world to license and enforce rules for the production, distribution and sale of marijuana for adult consumers.

Legislators in the ruling coalition said putting the government at the centre of a legal marijuana industry is worth trying because the global war on drugs had been a costly and bloody failure, and displacing illegal dealers through licensed marijuana sales could save money and lives.

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1 Comment on "Uruguay Likely to Create Legal Marijuana Market"

  1. rhetorics_killer | Aug 3, 2013 at 2:58 am |

    From the guardian article:

    “…Pope Francis said during his visit to Brazil that the “liberalisation of
    drugs, which is being discussed in several Latin American countries, is
    not what will reduce the spread of chemical substances”.

    In this statement lies the whole ‘understanding’ heads of states enjoy when they talk about drug use. There is of course the dogmatic credo in prohibition, against every facts encountered in history. There is also a crude confusion, understanding weed as a ‘chemical substance.’ (Poor pope, let me inform you that marijuana is a natural plant, this fact alone being essential as the weed as an effective medicine.)

    On another plan this statement is in the direct line of christian obsession against pleasure and relief. But this almost goes without saying..

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