Uruguay President Calls Colorado’s Legal Pot System ‘Complete Fiction’

URUGUAY:  Uruguay is hailed by marijuana advocates as a leader in pot policy, but a close look at details shows President Jose Mujica’s plan is more restrictive than Colorado’s approach to legal marijuana, AP reports.

Associated Press reporter Leonardo Haberkorn takes a look at the rules for marijuana sales in Uruguay.

The rules go into effect Tuesday. Marijuana, under the new system, is expected to sell for less than a $1 a gram.

The state will sell five different strains, containing a maximum level of 15 percent THC, the substance that gets consumers high. Each bag will be bar-coded, radio-frequency tagged, and registered in a genetic database that will enable authorities to trace its origin and determine its legality, Canepa said.

Rob Ford 'Not A Good Poster Child' For Marijuana Legalization: Tommy Chong

CANADA:  Toronto mayor Rob Ford has spoken favorably of marijuana decriminalization. He has even said he has smoked “a lot” of pot and was once arrested in the U.S. for possession.

So you would think über pot advocate and legendary comedian and activist Tommy Chong would be rooting for the city’s embattled mayor.

“I think if you want to end up legalizing marijuana in Canada you gotta get rid of your mayor, man,” said Chong in an interview with the Star. “He’s just not a good poster child for the legalization cause, if you know what I mean.”

The world’s biggest celebrity pot advocate also happens to be Canadian. He was born in Edmonton, gaining fame with comedy partner Richard “Cheech” Marin in movies such as cult classic Up In Smoke. He served time in jail for selling drug paraphernalia, mostly bongs.

Rob Ford 'Not A Good Poster Child' For Marijuana Legalization: Tommy Chong

CANADA:  Toronto mayor Rob Ford has spoken favorably of marijuana decriminalization. He has even said he has smoked “a lot” of pot and was once arrested in the U.S. for possession.

So you would think über pot advocate and legendary comedian and activist Tommy Chong would be rooting for the city’s embattled mayor.

“I think if you want to end up legalizing marijuana in Canada you gotta get rid of your mayor, man,” said Chong in an interview with the Star. “He’s just not a good poster child for the legalization cause, if you know what I mean.”

The world’s biggest celebrity pot advocate also happens to be Canadian. He was born in Edmonton, gaining fame with comedy partner Richard “Cheech” Marin in movies such as cult classic Up In Smoke. He served time in jail for selling drug paraphernalia, mostly bongs.

In 'Brave Break With Failed Model,' Uruguay Passes Historic Marijuana Legalization

URUGUAY: Uruguay has chosen to “bravely break with the failed prohibitionist model” in becoming the first country to legalize and regulate the production, distribution, sale and use of marijuana in a landmark bill passed by the country’s parliament Tuesday.

The bill, which will be signed by leftist President José Mujica, was designed as an “experiment aimed at finding an alternative to the deadly and unsuccessful war on drugs,” as the Guardian reports. While other countries have legalized possession of marijuana, Uruguay’s new law is the first in the world to legalize and regulate all aspects of the trade.

Mujica said that the controversial bill is a deliberate move away from the “war on drugs,” which has only helped fill the pockets of criminals in the illegal drug trade and has failed to discourage drug use. [Read more…]

Uruguay Set To Legalize Marijuana

URUGUAY:  Juan Andres Palese says he’s a frustrated entrepreneur. His business, the sale of products for growing and processing marijuana, has always been in a legal limbo in Uruguay, his country. Legally speaking, it’s a complicated and risky situation. Selling accessories for the cultivation of cannabis is legal, but the production, sale and distribution of marijuana are not.

“It would be fantastic,” Palese says, “if we could also have access to the market of consumers.”

The dream of the Montevideo resident is about to come true.

The Uruguayan Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a controversial bill that would make the small South American country the first in Latin America to legalize marijuana. [Read more…]

Czechs In Quandary Over Legal Medical Marijuana

CZECHOSLOVAKIA:  Just three years ago, the only thing that Zdenek Majzlik knew about cannabis was that it’s good stuff for making rope. Today, the 67-year-old retired nuclear power plant employee is an experienced grower who cultivates pot for his daughter who has multiple sclerosis.

Majzlik faces a thorny dilemma: The Czech Republic legalized medical marijuana use this year, but maintained strict restrictions on growing, selling and importing it. For Majzlik, the solution is breaking the law to grow pot for his daughter.

“She’s my child and it is my duty to take care of her,” Majzlik said, standing in front of a cannabis plant in his garden. “I do what I have to and I will continue doing so. I have no other option.” [Read more…]

Ireland ‘Ready For Legalization Of Cannabis’

IRELAND: “Ireland is ready for the legalization of cannabis,” according to Roscommon TD Luke Ming Flanagan, who today published his Cannabis Regulation Bill 2013.

Mr Flanagan estimated that the legalization of cannabis could generate up to €300 million through tax revenues and the freeing up of resources. However, he stressed this was an estimate and it was not possible to know for sure what savings might be made. [Read more…]

Can The United Nations Block U.S. Marijuana Legalization?

NEW YORK: The United Nations International Narcotics Control Board’s latest annual report expressed dismay at the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado and urged “the Government of the United States to take necessary measures to ensure full compliance with the international drug control treaties in its entire territory”. [Read more…]

In Switzerland, Marijuana Use Helps Keep Prisons Calm and Safe

SWITZERLAND: A recent study published in the  International Journal of Drug Policy estimates that 50 to 80 percent of inmates in Swiss prisons use marijuana. Prison staff told researchers they found marijuana to be a relatively safe drug and that cracking down on consumption would have more negative effects than positive ones. [Read more…]