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

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

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. Read the full article…

Uruguay President Mujica Signs Marijuana Law

Bureaucrats now have until April 9 to write the fine print for regulating every aspect of the marijuana market, from growing to selling in a network of pharmacies.

They hope to have the whole system in place by the middle of next year. But as of Tuesday, growing pot at home is legal in Uruguay, up to six plants per family and an annual harvest of 480 grams.

URUGUAY:  A spokesman for President Jose Mujica of Uruguay says the leader has quietly signed into law the government’s plan to create a regulated, legal market for marijuana. Presidential secretary Diego Canepa told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Mujica signed the legislation Monday night. That was the last formal step for the law to Read the full article…

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

"We've given this market as a gift to the drug traffickers," said Mujica, "and that is more destructive socially than the drug itself, because it rots the whole of society."

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 Read the full article…

Uruguay To Sell Legal Marijuana For $1 A Gram

Uruguay's first marijuana club seeks to open.

URUGUAY: Uruguay’s drug tsar says the country plans to sell legal marijuana for $1 a gram to combat drug-trafficking, according to a local newspaper. The plan to create a government-run legal marijuana industry has passed the lower house of Congress, and Uruguay’s president, José Mujica, expects to push it through the Senate soon as part of Read the full article…

Before Marijuana, Uruguay Battled Regulating The Nation's Liquor

Although the government had initially been aiming for year-end, marijuana could start being sold from pharmacies in March.

URUGUAY:  The government of Uruguay makes Scotch whisky. It also makes and sells rum, vodka and cognac, and has done so for nearly a century. Many people consider this sideline of the state to be an historical accident — a wasteful and even eccentric contradiction.

Mexican Lawmaker Sees Fertile Terrain for Marijuana Debate

lawmaker Fernando Belaunzaran Mendez

MEXICO: Bills to legalize marijuana have come before Mexico’s Congress in the past, and sunk almost without debate. But lawmaker Fernando Belaunzaran Mendez thinks this time is different.

The Sober Way to Legalize Marijuana

Mary Becker, 21, of Boise, Idaho exhales after taking a hit of hash oil at during 420Fest at the Luxe Nightclub in Seattle, Washington April 20, 2013.

NEW YORK:  As a general rule, Americans don’t give much thought to Uruguay, a small South American republic with a population of 3.3 million. But Uruguay has embarked on a new experiment with marijuana legalization that merits close attention.

The Sober Way to Legalize Marijuana

Mary Becker, 21, of Boise, Idaho exhales after taking a hit of hash oil at during 420Fest at the Luxe Nightclub in Seattle, Washington April 20, 2013.

NEW YORK:  As a general rule, Americans don’t give much thought to Uruguay, a small South American republic with a population of 3.3 million. But Uruguay has embarked on a new experiment with marijuana legalization that merits close attention.

Uruguay to defend marijuana plan at U.N.

"I never smoked a marijuana joint, but I've come to notice that I need to rejuvenate my neurons and realize what the life of young people is like."

URUGUAY: Uruguayan President Jose Mujica plans to defend his government’s groundbreaking marijuana licensing plan in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in September, his spokesman said Friday.