Uruguay plans to legalise marijuana sales

2012-06-21 09:00

Montevido - Uruguay has announced that it plans to send a bill to Congress to legalise marijuana sales as a crime-fighting measure.

The government would have a monopoly over the distribution and sales of the drug, which could be sold only to adults registered as users.

Minister of Defence Eleuterio Fernandez Huidobro told reporters at a press conference in Montevideo the measure aims to weaken crime in the country by removing profits from drug dealers and diverting users from harder drugs.

Uruguayan newspapers had reported that money from taxes on marijuana cigarettes sold by the government will go toward rehabilitating drug addicts. The government did not provide details.

There are no laws against marijuana use in Uruguay. Possession of the drug for personal use has never been criminalised.

  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-06-21 09:56

    I cannot put more praise on the Uruguay govt more this move in the right direction , the most progressive move in what has been a ludicris strategy in the war on drugs that has caused more deaths , imprisonment, misery and most importantly enriched the worst criminals in our societies. Give that country a bells!

  • Steven - 2012-06-21 10:55


  • jameel.patel.39 - 2012-06-21 11:52

    Its proven that cigarettes is much more dangerous that weed, the question is why does the rest of the world not want to legalize it,thats because anyone can grow it and governments loose out on Million of dollars on SIN tax

      badballie - 2012-06-21 13:48

      Not to mention that by making marijuana illegal the government of the world have secured cottons place in the clothing industry even though cotton is a much inferior product. Clothing made from hemp lasts at least twice as long as cotton, maintains it color and shape a lot longer, and is a better body heat regulator, and can be grown in almost every country in the world. The change over to cotton had more to do with profit margins than with any health or viability concerns. If the average man knew the true history of his country and the laws that are enacted to regulate the different industries, there would not be a single country who didn't rise up and throw their government out

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