Uruguay Opposition Demands Marijuana Referendum

URUGUAY: A conservative opposition MP in Uruguay has demanded a referendum to repeal a law legalising the sale and consumption of marijuana if it is passed by Senate on Tuesday.

Gerardo Amarilla, of the National Party, said it should be the citizens who decide the way to tackle the drugs market and said many believe legalization is the wrong way to deal with the problem.

The Senate is expected to vote on new legislation that would allow cannabis to be grown and sold under state controls to try to reduce drug crime.

It would be the first time a country had legalised the drug in an experimental law being closely watched by lawmakers around the world.

But Mr Amarilla has written to the director of Uruguay’s National Party to ask for the right to a referendum if the law is passed.

Sting and Richard Branson Rapped for Endorsing Marijuana Legalization in Uruguay

UNITED KINGDOM:  Sting and Sir Richard Branson have been accused of using Uruguay as a ‘laboratory’ for the drug reform after backing a campaign to legalize cannabis in the country.

Uruguay is set to become the first nation in the world to allow anyone to grow, sell and consume cannabis freely. [Read more…]