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 November 21, 2013

uruguay marijuana legalizationBy Phillip Smith

Uruguay is blowing off the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) as it prepares to become the first country to legalize marijuana commerce, and the INCB is “concerned.” The South American nation failed to send a delegation to Vienna to listen to the INCB complain about its plans.

“The INCB has noted with concern that the Government of Uruguay was unable to send a delegation to the just concluded INCB session to discuss the status of the country’s compliance with the international drug control conventions,” the global anti-drug bureaucrats complained.

The INCB is also “very concerned that the draft legislation currently being considered in Uruguay would, if adopted, legalize production, sale and consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes.”

“This would be in contravention of the 1961 Convention on Narcotic Drugs, which has been adopted by 186 countries, including Uruguay,” said INCB President Raymond Yans. “Cannabis is controlled due to its dependence-producing potential, and the current development in Uruguay, if pursued, would have serious repercussions for public health, particularly for youth, and would be in violation of the United Nations international drug control treaties.”

Uruguay’s marijuana legalization bill, backed by President Jose Mujica, has already passed the lower house of parliament and is set for a vote soon in the upper house. Since the governing party has majorities in both houses, passage is seen as extremely likely.

The INCB complained earlier this year when the bill passed the lower house, but that has not deterred Uruguay from moving forward. Neither will this latest volley from Geneva, but the INCB refuses to give up.

“The INCB looks forward to Uruguay resuming its dialogue with the Board at the earliest possible opportunity, prior to further consideration of the draft legislation in the country,” Yans said hopefully.

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  • Valient

    Why is it that people in positions of power are allowed to state complete lies (medically and scientifically disproved) as if they were truth and face no repercussions?

    • http://churchofsmoke.org/ Jose

      Because they have a police force and military to back up their lies.

    • underdog

      why is it that politicians take an oath to protect everyone constitutional rights, including the cannabis communities, treason is the act of committing war in ones own country, why is treasonous traitor-ism allowed?
      Why was Kaneh bosm removed from the bible?

  • Jerry Bisbo

    Hoe long will this ignorant Reefer Madness mentality go on?

    • painkills2

      Until it’s legal :-)

  • Ashton Corby

    Will the INBC be poking their nose into Americas relaxation of laws on cannabis in different states? I would not be at all surprised if the real leverage comes from hidden faces in pharmaceutical companies who have a vested interest in keeping weed illegal. Bribes etc. costing $$ hundreds of thousands & totalling millions are nothing to these companies seeking to secure a monopoly of a sector of the licenced market. Jose Mujica just needs to hold his ground & set an example to other countries as to how this can work

  • jscottanderson

    “Cannabis is controlled due to its dependence-producing potential, and the current development in Uruguay, if pursued, would have serious repercussions for public health, particularly for youth, and would be in violation of the United Nations international drug control treaties.”
    Well, if we take that patently false “due to” clause out of there we have to ask the question: Because?

  • Julio Colman

    as a Uruguayan im very proud of my country to be the first to initiate something like this, the potential of this is unimaginable as income to any economy not just profiting from it but from tourism and other business alike!!!
    as a smoker i wish they legalize it once for all cause i wanna be able to go to a store and get my herb the same way any adult can by beer or liquor!!

    • Fiend

      It was my understanding that it will be legal to buy for Uruguay citizens only not tourists. Maybe I misunderstood or that has changed since I first read about it.

  • painkills2

    Sounds like somebody’s pouting. Too bad, so sad.
    Go Uruguay! Stand up to the big bullies!

  • jack

    ill vote to give them a tissue

  • MJ Mathisen

    ““Cannabis is controlled due to its dependence-producing potential,…” ?? BULL SHIT!! Get real, INCB…what is the REAL reason Cannabis is outlawed?

    • MJ Mathisen

      Legalization will bring about control. There is no ‘control’ of an underground market.

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    • painkills2

      It’s a fallacy that scammers need love too.