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Is Uruguay About To Become The First Country To Legalize Cannabis?

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director June 20, 2012

    Ironically, around 4:20pm (eastern) today, the phones lit up at NORML with numerous newswire services and major media outlets contacting the organization about a bill in Uruguay that appears to be on greased tracks to pass in the legislature and signed into law by President Jose Mujica as the government itself is proffering the reform legislation.

    If Uruguay moves forward, the country will become the first since the signing of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs in 1961 that has moved forward with a tax-n-regulate policy for non-medical access to cannabis products. The country previously decriminalized cannabis possession in the 1970s.

    Two other immediate positive consequences are likely for Uruguay with legalized cannabis:

    1) Tourism! Like worldwide tourism!! I’m already looking in Uruguay for good fly fishing areas on Google Maps and buffing up on my Espanol…move over Amsterdam and Jamaica.

    2.) Scientific and medical research regarding the remarkable therapeutic qualities of cannabis, along with unfettered research and commercialization of industrial hemp, can find a home in a country where the country’s leaders have the foresight to embrace the myriad of cannabis commerce, rather than waste valuable taxpayers’ dollars on trying to enforce feckless and unenforceable Cannabis Prohibition laws in otherwise freedom-loving, free market-oriented countries.

    President ‘Choom Gang‘ Obama, the next time the long festering public policy matter of Cannabis Prohibition is raised in your presence, rather than uncomfortably laugh it off as an unserious policy unworthy of both your attention and wont to reform, consider contacting Uruguay President Jose Mujica.

     

     

     

    44 Responses to “Is Uruguay About To Become The First Country To Legalize Cannabis?”

    1. ya_dig says:

      Cannabis evolved over millions of years. Show me one drug man has made that has evolved millions of years to be in harmony with out body?! Cannabis has been a war on minorities and sustained through prejudice. TO be a criminal you have to be caught in the act so why are there so many cops in the ghettos of America. Get rid of the police and you get rid of the criminals?! Stop abusing the poor in this country!

    2. TheOracle says:

      Estoy visitando Uruguay!

    3. Chad says:

      Slowly we are turning the curve towards legalization, im glad to hear it’s gaining attention not just in Canada,U.K and United States, but also other countries like Uruguay as well. It shows how far the movement has come.

      I hope Germany,Hong Kong and Russia will atleast have a hearing or something a long those lines about legalization those are some major axis countries needing to have legalization.

    4. Dave Evans says:

      ya_dig, I’d say the War on Drugs has been a War on Minorities (and a bunch of other folks too). Many blacks and other groups live extra-stressful lives to start with and just want to relax by enjoying some marijuana. It is just something else for the “Man” to take away or turn against us by calling like minded folks criminals.

    5. Markus says:

      @ya_dig
      Cannabis didn’t evolve to be in harmony with our body. Like everything else it evolved to survive.
      And we did not evolve together. We’re from africa and cannabis is from asia.
      Save for the enhancements we gave it by selective breeding, cannabis’ compatibility with our physiology is an absurdly awesome coincidence.

    6. Galileo Galilei says:

      This reminds me that the Mexican people have been sick and tired of the drug war for some time now. We’ve been able buy their government’s cooperation for decades. We no longer can afford this bribery.

    7. sovos says:

      hay what about the Portugal drug legalization

      [Editor's note: While Portugal has decriminalized drug use it has not create a system to legalize and tax cannabis products. While any adult can go to The Netherlands and purchase cannabis from one of the country's approximate eight hundred so-called 'coffeeshops', even there they've not officially legalized cannabis or set up a taxation scheme, which is why Uruguay's efforts are so notable.]

    8. Food for thought says:

      One day, when the holy herb is freed we will look back and be somewhat grateful of the trials and tribulations it had to endure. Odds are that without the strict regulations held on it then it would have never evolved into what it is today. It would have never have gone from a scrawny outdoor ditch weed to the lush, carefully controlled pallet of crystaline colors we now see before us.

      All of this just brought mankind closer together with this very special plant.

    9. Brandon Boucher says:

      “…wont to reform,”

      want…

      you can delete this message, just wanted you to be aware of the mistake. thanks!

    10. Juniata says:

      Dear Author,
      Find out who that girl is and get back to me.

      Por favor.

    11. Bryan says:

      Cannabis . [M Word] is the word of prohibition
      seen by the DEA and drug enforcement as the uh
      “dangerous drug” keyword for Drug Enforcement.
      Cannabis may be legal . “Ma ri jua na” is the$
      illegal way to say prohibition dollar payment$
      are made to those who don’t care about the uhm
      Holy Properties of the Manna Plant . Thanks. B

    12. Bryan says:

      If the Uruguayan police and former dictatorial
      domain don’t start subjagating like the former
      fasciest problem at Dutch foreign .,. you may*
      enjoy cannabis legally smoked at {your} nation
      and not worry about prohibition nor violence.,
      as unsaid in regard to Manna Legal . _\|/_ Ok*

    13. Daniel P says:

      This is our year people!!!I have always told my parents that legalization would happen with my generation..They laughed and would say yea right we have been saying that our whole lives.. Well to Mom (I TOLD YOU SO) and to Dad.. You may not have gotten to see it but I am the Anti-prohibitionist I am today because of you.. RIP Daniel P, Sr

    14. Tom says:

      WOW ! I hope it passes, but you KNOW the USA will pressure Uruguay like they have done other countries when it wants it’s way. I only hope their government doesn’t bow to US threats. Man, I never thought of visiting Uruguay before….but now. :)

    15. bubbdun says:

      Yup, USA will extend it’s ugly arm of ignorance into this. Probably threaten trade agreements on it and get bigger countries to back up the extortion. It’s up to Uruguay to stand strong against our (USA) influence and solidify the known benefits of the plant and, hopefully, discover new ones. Good luck Uruguay. If it happens, you can bet I’ll be visiting your country soon!

    16. Ken Long says:

      Now that’s a South American country in a good place. Perfectly situated, not too hot, not too cold, politically stable, all of Brazil’s beaches and Amazon to explore in the winter (their winter), all of Argentina’s mountains and wine country in the summer. I think I could live there.

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    18. Pablo says:

      welcome to the cannabis resort! Relax on a hemp hammock while you sample the many fine varieties cultivated right outside of the cabanas. Take a stroll through our lush, spring fed gardens while you munch on some cana-banana bread. Just a dream?

    19. Matt says:

      If you read what the law will actually do on other websites, it kinda sucks. It is only for citizens of uruguay and the government sells it and you can only buy a certain amount.

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    21. John Smith says:

      Dorado fishing, beautiful women, and some herb sounds like the perfect vacation. Meet you there.

    22. joad says:

      If this becomes law Uraguay is the next country I will visit. And maybe more than once.

    23. Anonymous says:

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    24. Ray DiPasquale says:

      A new tourist destination since Amsterdam is going another route.

    25. aGardener says:

      @Markus, we are born with cannabinoids (endocannabiniods) and cannabinoid receptors. Our (your) receptors interlock perfectly with both endo- and exocannabinoids (and nothing else). Not a coincidence. Humans and cannabis have been spread across the globe since their origins and evolved together for eons.

    26. Owen says:

      so, where are my posts?

    27. Owen says:

      I posted a link to the fact that Uraguay was listed as the best place to retire cheap.

    28. Mike says:

      Marijuana is already legal in Uruguay. If the amount of marijuana is deemed personal there is no penalty. They never criminalized personal possession of marijuana. This law would just let the government sell and tax it. You can go to Uruguay right now and get weed anywhere.

    29. sweet says:

      has Obama booked his flight yeat ? He would enjoy the fishing hole also

    30. Pepe Mujica says:

      Yes my country will legalize marijuana and will start growing by september but no weed will be sold to tourists.

    31. Miles says:

      Wow – I just figured out where I’d like to go for my next vacation!!!

      Previously I was considering Las Vegas but, being a cannabis consumer, I”m choosing Uruguay!!! I much prefer to go to a place that has sensible laws!

    32. Denver WMD says:

      Sounds Great. Come on America, but the problem with that is got to many people making money on both sides of prohibition and my god the greedy money hungry devils, why would they give that up?

    33. facu says:

      i said to my mum in 2001…”i ll b back once this country legalize marihuana…”..from there..she star a big fight against her own point of view…now she support big time this fight…now..after 10 years in Miami…its time to back to basic..to my lil country..URUGUAY!!

    34. facu says:

      THEY SMOKE PEE-REGULAR-BRASILIAN-WEED DOWN THERE…SINCE LAST YEAR THEY STARTED TO GET SEEDS FROM INTERNET MARKET…NOW..THERES A LITTLE BIT MORE MARIHUANA CULTURE..THIS REGULATION WILL BRING QUALITY…SOUR DIESEL..POURPLES HAZES…ETZZZZZZZZ

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    36. GAy says:

      Uruguay I am Coming!!!

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