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Cannabis Legalization Bill Moves Forward In Uruguay

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Legalize Marijuana uruguayA bill that will make Uruguay the first country to license and regulate cannabis commerce for all adults at the national level, just passed its Chamber of Representatives.  The legalization measure is supported by Uruguay’s president, Jose Mujica, and the current majority party, Frente Amplio, but faces staunch opposition by the minority party.  The president’s party has a slim majority in the Chamber of Representatives, but controls the Senate more handily, leaving Uruguay’s political observers confident that the legalization measure will pass the Senate and become law in the summer.

From CNN:

Uruguay’s lower house passed a marijuana legalization bill Wednesday, bringing the South American nation one step closer to becoming the first to legally regulate production, distribution and sale of the drug.

After more than 12 hours of debate, the bill garnered the 50 votes it needed to pass in the House of Representatives. Forty-six lawmakers voted against the bill. The country’s senate is expected to take up the measure in October.

President Jose Mujica has said he backs the bill, which would allow marijuana to be sold in pharmacies and create a registry of those who buy it. Only those 18 and older would be allowed to purchase the drug.

Uruguay moving forward keeps the momentum we are seeing across the globe for sensible cannabis law reforms.  Hopefully, the momentum will continue and, as expected, Uruguay will end cannabis prohibition.  Once the impacts of the sensible policy are known, more and more countries will realize that cannabis prohibition causes many more harms than cannabis use and other nations will also end prohibition.  Know hope my friends, we didn’t choose to wage this global war, as it is being waged against us, but we are now winning and we will continue the momentum for legalization until we are all free.

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Anthony Johnson is the director of New Approach Oregon, the PAC responsible for Measure 91, that ended cannabis prohibition for all Oregon adults in 2014. In addition to helping organize the International Cannabis Business Conference & the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference, he also serves as a Board Member of the National Cannabis Coalition, working to legalize cannabis across the country and Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, an organization specifically working to end cannabis prohibition in Missouri. As President of the University of Missouri Law School ACLU Chapter, Anthony co-authored the measures that legalized medical cannabis possession and decriminalized personal possession for all adults within the city limits of Columbia, Missouri, in 2004. Following law school, Anthony practiced criminal defense for two years before working full time in the political field to help improve and protect civil liberties. You can follow Anthony on Twitter and also friend him on Facebook by following the links below as he posts mostly about civil liberties and politics with dashes of sports, music, movies and whatnot.