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Uruguay President Nominated For Nobel Prize For Legalizing Marijuana

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Uruguay President José Mujica has been nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, with supporters of his nomination citing his work on legalizing cannabis as the primary factor.

Earlier this year the Uruguay President gained international fame when his nation became the first country in the world to legalize recreational cannabis, a move that Mujica not only supported, but introduced himself.

The move, which has already been officially approved into law (signed by Mujica in December), and simply awaits full implementation, legalizes cannabis possession and cultivation for anyone 18 and older, and authorizes government-run cannabis clubs to distribute cannabis (pharmacies will be allowed to distribute cannabis to patients).

Mujica’s candidacy was submitted by the left-wing political party Frente Amplio, and an unnamed German non-government organization, with added support from a Dutch organization called the Drugs Peace Institute.

“I’m very thankful to these people for honoring me,” Mujica said in a response to his nomination. “We are only proposing the right to try another path because the path of repression doesn’t work.”

Source: TheJointBlog.Com

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  • HCV

    You have just given proof to a known fact. “The reason that we have not been contacted by intelligent alien life forms is simple.
    They are intelligent.”

  • jayskinny

    hes a clever man who sees the potential in the amount of money his country could make

  • painkills2

    I read the Florida posts and I know how you feel. I guess, at this point, we know a lot of lives could be saved through cannabis treatments, and separating people who are suffering seems awfully cruel — no matter what their age.

    I’ve been reading up on what happened with the legalization bill in California years ago, and it’s not a pretty picture. Everyone taking sides. There should only be one side, right? All these conflicting interests can make our fight look petty, at times. :(

  • painkills2

    High CBD strains help a lot of people, but pain relief is not possible for most without the THC.

    Regarding your worries about pot becoming the “new cheap six-pack” for underage consumers — if underage consumers choose weed over beer, I for one will be happy about it. It will mean they have chosen a safer alternative.

    As always, we appreciate everyone’s opinions here, so thanks for your post.

  • HCV

    I will get back to you on the reasoning behind my thoughts, That Florida post brought out the PTS in me, and it was all I could think about. I had found some statements somewhat myopic and it really got to me.

  • painkills2

    “Know what’s weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change. But pretty soon, everything’s different.”
    Bill Watterson, brainyquote.com

  • HCV

    Would you chance shipping to me in Uruguay. If so I will contact you

  • CBD42

    If Uruguayan President Mujica does not receive the Nobel Prize for Peace, he will at least be recognized as the revolutionary leader who broke the US-directed laws of prohibition as described in the “United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961”, to which the United States is party. Breaking the political stranglehold the US Federal government has over states’ rights, as well as the rights of US citizens to “the pursuit of happiness” is increasingly a revolutionary act. For those of us for whom cannabis has primarily a medical use, “happiness” may be understood as “quality of life,” and “freedom from pain.” With a life-long disability that is a “syndrome” (a cluster of diseases), I have tried virtually everything the pharmaceutical industry has to offer for over half a century. Probably damaged some of the most precious organ I have, my brain, but the episodes of intractable pain from neurological damage caused by the absence of discs in the spine and between all joints required I do something. A life of pain can become intolerable, and relief from it would allow a person to pursue and enjoy what is possible. Some Rx work for a while, but after 30-40 years of taking them, one reaches points of diminishing returns and the Rx does more damage than good.

    This source for pain relief as well as for the energy required in the pursuit of scholarship and rare historic photographic processes, at least for me, has been good cannabis used very moderately. A cannabis with 6-8% CBDs is ideal for pain relief; being “dazed and confused” has never been my trip. A Chinese medical document has this to say about cannabis usage (remember: “China” means “the Land of Mulberry and Hemp”): a little bit every day makes one lighter (that is: freer from the weight of existence), but too much causes one to see demons. After having burned field weed back in the 70’s and superb sativa from California since 2000, this Chinese recommendation is even more true than when written. Current “recreational” plants are strong enough to induce hallucinations and personality changes; hence: the need for some sort of regulation. Not govt: too many “Anschlingers” and “Hoovers” still dominate the DEA, FBI, and CIA as well as FDA. Rather: as the prohibition falls down, a peer-evaluation to regulate the distribution. I, for one, have both children and grandchildren; I don’t want “recreational” to become the new “cheap six-pack” for underage consumers. As with any drug, plant or synthetic, there can be changes in behavior; certainly associated with intoxicants; cannabis is no different. Children are especially at risk, because their brains have not in any way fully developed. (I consider myself lucky that I resisted until age 21, by which time I had some pretty clear ideas about what I could do living with this lemon of a body). In other words, the more cannabis becomes available, the more respect must be encouraged in its use.

    Thanks for reading.
    Rev., Dr. C

  • GreenIcyTea

    I love the fact that the age regulation is 18 and not 21. If an 18 year old can choose to risk their life for there country, why can’t they choose to use a plant however they want?

  • HCV

    Now you understand, Grasshopper. I had tried to post the dots, but for some reason, it jammed up while typing. I will off type it and copy over laterday. Re, Soros, U N, R’s & D’s, Uruguay, DOJ, CSA, and so on.

  • painkills2

    I don’t think Soros is on the outside of the President’s box. But then, I don’t know what the dimensions of the President’s box are — where the box begins and ends. How would one be able to tell? It looks like one big box to me, one without doors or windows, too. (I hope the NSA doesn’t flag my post for talking about the President’s box.)

    No matter, it is inevitable, regardless of who is president. I guess it will depend on who is brave enough to, finally, do what’s right. Considering the picture history will paint of President Obama, as it looks now, I would think he would jump at this opportunity. Of course, he is our first black president, so that will always mean something — that fact will not help a lot of people right now, though.

  • Mary Jane

    I still think he is a hero. He gets it. The rest of the world will be playing catch up :)

  • HCV

    Not in his circle, his own are jumping one by one. Look away from the inside, look from the outside. When you open a box. Do you do it from the inside, no. You do it from the outside.

  • painkills2

    If you were to connect the dots from the President, who would you imagine them connecting to? Doesn’t seem like there are too many people in Obama’s circle who will champion our cause.

  • HCV

    It looks like the “Dots” are connecting. If you catch my thought. I am too analytical, never trying to be myopic.
    “Imagination is more important than knowledge.
    For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” Albert Einstein

  • painkills2

    President Mujica looks like a kindly grandfather. Why don’t any of our politicians look like that?

    Seriously, compare a picture of Bill Clinton (or Jamie Dimon, for that matter) with that of Uruguay’s president, a humble man who gives most of his salary (what, 90%?) to good causes. It’s like you can see the corruption on the face of just about every politician I can think of in the U.S. — it’s a stark difference to that of President Mujica.

  • painkills2

    Ah, a dreamer…

  • HCV

    Correct me if I am wrong. Was not Soros a major contributor to Obama. I am having interesting thoughts, given the current language being used in D.C lately, .

  • chyf iza

    Interesting, I had to dig into it. Looks like George Soros a Monsanto shareholder had his hands in the push for legalization in Uruguay. Chucha! I dont even wanna think what’s to come! The world is following the $.La yerba buena will survive big biz’s attempt at a takeover @least I hope so.

  • stellarvoyager

    José Mujica for POTUS 2016! (One can dream, right?)

  • conosur

    Monsanto seems to be behind Uruguay’s cannabis legalisation, so everything is not that wonderful after all… do some research please

  • Valient

    Subheadline “Obama stripped of his Nobel Peace Prize for further propagating war against nonviolent citizens of his own country.”