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.

Uruguay President Mujica Signs Marijuana Law

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 take effect.

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.

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 To Sell Legal Marijuana For $1 A Gram

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 his effort to explore alternatives in the war on drugs. [Read more…]

Before Marijuana, Uruguay Battled Regulating The Nation's Liquor

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. [Read more…]

The Sober Way to Legalize Marijuana

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.

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The Sober Way to Legalize Marijuana

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.

[Read more…]