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Uruguay Government To Legalize And Sell Marijuana

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The local media in Uruguay, citing unnamed lawmakers, is reporting a plan to legalize and sell marijuana to registered users to combat crime, and cut off the flow of money to dangerous cartels. Hmm, seems like I’ve heard this idea before. Oh yeah, it’s what we have all been saying for years. It’s what several latin American countries have been wanting to do, but can’t because of staunch opposition from Obama. Well, it looks like the U.S. is no longer calling the shots in the western hemisphere.

The president of Uruguay has not yet confirmed the report, but did tell the The Associated Press in an email to expect a announcement soon addressing “the marijuana issue.” The program would be based on the notion that getting people off drugs is about rehabilitation, not punishment. In order to buy marijuana users must first register with the government. Any user who goes past the monthly limit of government joints will be required to undergo drug rehabilitation, but will not face prosecution. All income from the program will be used to treat hardcore addicts. Wow! Is that reason I smell in the air?

We need to send Obama to Uruguay asap for leadership training. Apparently, the idea is to reduce crime by reducing the flow of money to dangerous drug dealers, as well as by giving cannabis users an alternative source of ganja so they are not drawn into using more dangerous drugs.

“This measure should be accompanied by efforts to get young people off drugs,” said ruling party Sen. Monica Xavier.

Well, you heard it here folks: the tide is turning fast against the U.S. Drug War. Nations will no longer be bullied by Obama into accepting drug violence within their borders. The time is now to rise up against prohibition and demand legalization. Our brothers and sisters in Latin America have our backs. Let’s do this!

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  • Great, but how is the current US stance on drugs Obama’s fault? Don’t politicize weed, it has nothing to do with Obama, or Democrats on a whole, in fact, Republicans are more anti-weed than Obama or Democrats ever will be!

    • Wrong on all points. One, he is our leader! Two, he has taken the crackdown on medical marijuana to a level never reached by Bush. Three, he is our leader! And, weed is already politicized. In fact, it could determine this year’s presidential election.

      • Adrian

        Just a little correction, we don’t have native drug cartels here in Uruguay. This is not a drug producing country, our climate is mediterranean, coca and marijuana can’t grow in open fields. Marijuana is planted indoors by users. Sadly, we are like the USA, a drug buying country. That said, I think the government, which I don’t usually agree with, has it right this time. And I must point out that Im not a drug user myself (no drug, alcohol, tobacco, weed, none) … but, Im a libertarian and I think people should have the right to do with their body and their life whatever they feel like doing…. as long as you don’t affect others.
        Bests from Uruguay, Adrian

        • jontomas

          Marijuana can’t grow in open fields? Where did you get that idea? If marijuana can get nutrients and water, it can grow outdoors any place on the planet – except near the polls.
          Marijuana growing in open fields:
          http://tinyurl.com/7aouh6x

          • Adrian

            Well, here the plantations are done indoors or in greenhouses. From what Ive heard the freezing temperatures during the night in the fall and winter kill them. In any case, Uruguay is mainly grasslands and rolling hills. No place to hide vast plantations like in bigger countries with mountains, deep valleys and large forests. Maybe now that it will be legal to plant them, more open fields plantation will be tested. In any case, my point was that Uruguay doesn´t have Colombian, Mexican or central american style cartels since we are not growers. Uruguay is a consumer, and in the worst case scenario, a transit country. Not to mention is only 3 million of us, we are hardly a big market….for anything

          • jontomas

            Of course, most places have winter weather to deal with. I can understand lack of hiding places. It just sounded like you were saying marijuana can’t be grown outdoors there due to environmental reasons. – Thanks for the clarification.

      • jontomas

        I think the point was it is not Obama’s fault alone. In fact, Obama has made it clear he serves the one percent, just like the vast majority of the corrupt Republican and Democratic parties.
        Jesse Ventura has some choice words to say on that topic:

        http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/power-players-abc-news/why-wrestler-won-t-plane-former-governor-jesse-101217385.html
        The only real choice for the people is Gary Johnson.

  • Gustavo

    Hello there. I am from Uruguay. I am not a drug user note even marijuana(just coffee XD) and trust me we never had until very recently violent crimes related to drugs in our country. Right now there is this very hard drug called”pasta base” kind of like crack that is poisoning our youth and turn them VERY violent. I do not know if legalizing marijuana will be the ultimate solution for the crime related to drugs. But I am glad the government is at least trying to DO something about it, and to find or implement alternative solutions to decrease crime and help addicts to hard drugs. I think is very bold of them, it is not without controversy of course. But hopefully things will change. I do not condone the use of marijuana, but I do know one thing I never heard of anyone going for a killing spree while under the influence of it. Time will tell and again I am glad the have the b…. to do it without asking for permission to other countries (you know who).
    Live long…..and prosper?

    • Thanks for the info. I hope the govt. can get “pasta base” under control, so Uruguay can remain the safest country in South America.

    • eating_sunshine

      Do you condone the use of alcohol? If you do, you are uneducated about marijuana. It is much more healthy for you than alcohol.
      PS, I know people from Uruguay, I hear it is a very rich and poor country.

      • Gustavo

        Hi Sunshine. By saying” I do not condone it” , I am not implying that consumption should be forbidden (it isn’t in Uruguay since 1970) nor I am saying that alcohol is any better. You are right about me being totally ignorant about marijuana though. I was just making a point on the fact that I am really glad our current government which I did not vote, but I do respect as a true democrat, is at least doing something “different” instead of just talking about master plans such as bringing more guns or forces to the street for a “war or terror” like Mexico, Brazil and the US did. If this new approach attacking the distribution and weaken the black market may reduce the crime then I am all for it and also the government is planing to use the money collected into treatment to addicts to hard drugs which is really expensive. And by the way alcohol is by far one of the worse “legal”drugs out there being responsible for thousands of car deaths every year. Regards from Montevideo.

  • jontomas

    Wow. This is embarrasing. For a hundred years we have prided ourselves on being the most progressive country on earth.
    Now we are beat out by little Uruguay!
    Oh, the humiliation!

    • pkr8ch

      The only thing progressive in the USA anymore are the progressively worse politicians and policies. At this pace cannabis will be legal in 100-200years. When it comes down to it big pharma, big tabacco alcohol, plastics and timber industries will all fight cannabis because it threatens their business.

      • jontomas

        I understand your pessimism when looking at the federal government.
        But considering the incredible progress marijuana reform has made, the fraudulent prohibition may end as soon as November. The first state that passes a re-legalization initiative deals the death blow to the war on marijuana consumers.

        • pkr8ch

          I really hope your right. This idiotic war on cannabis has gone on for far too long.

      • john

        we have had politicians that do try to get our wonderfull dank, frosty buds legalized but, they get out voted by the politicians who just vote *NO* and then go and have a few single malt scotch’s while the others go and enyoy a glass of wine to wind down from such a hard day at the office… it is just terrible bad for them as the politician that I voted for because she is in the know of voting yes and talking with the other politicians about why to vote yes does not drink at all and is a wonderfull person as well… Oklahoma will never become a marijuana legal state or texas because they make to much money off of busting the bad guys with the fat sacks of nasty, mulch looking weed…

    • For a hundred years? Do you mean a hundred years back? Even if it was historically considered ‘progressive’, was it a positive route? Bombing innocent folks in Southeast Asia isn’t considered progressive, in my eye.

      Uruguay’s far more first-world than the U.S. in many aspects from taxes to infrastructure, to quality of life.

      Big powerful states such as the U.S. are the least likely to “enhance democracy” because they’re more concerned with the Finance sector — they’re taking over your food supplies, banks, etc.

      Legalized weed in the U.S.? Ha!

  • rushil

    NIce to hear .Now should be legalizes in Nepal 2.

  • 3..2..1.. until US bitch slaps em with a wallet full of cash.

  • nygratefulfred

    So how much longer do we have to deal with the stupidity and the failure of”The War On Drugs?”
    We should follow Uruguays example.

  • Tim

    Just who do these Third World despots think they are?

    Imagine a government that decides that taking money away from drug
    cartels and using it to help the citizens is the right thing to do!

    Hey wait a minute, they might just be on to something!

    Congratulations to the people of Uruguay!
    P.S.
    Please send us some of your politicians. we could definitely use some common sense when it comes to drug policy here.

  • Now should be legalizes in Nepal

  • I would love to ex pat to Uruguay. It looks like a beautiful country that would benefit from an ex-pat movement of Americans coming and building a real drug tourism based on cannabis,To help build schools and bring high technology and open source to it’s businesses. I hope that the Uruguay people use marijuana as an economic opportunity and get to also build a private industry around cannabis as a crop not just another thing for the government to control.Gustavo friend me on facebook when your country gets legalized I’d love to help.