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

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former 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.




    45 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:

      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,”


      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.