Uruguay’s President Calls For Legalising Sales of Marijuana
Individuals in search of a little pot either for medicinal or recreational purposes may want to call their travel agent for passage to Uruguay.
President Jose Mujica is rallying more support for legalizing the sale of marijuana as part of that country’s effort to put to a stop to illegal trafficking in the popular plant.
“It’s a profound change in approach,” said Sebastián Sabini, one of the lawmakers working on the contentious proposal unveiled by President José Mujica on June 20. “We want to separate the market: users from traffickers, marijuana from other drugs like heroin.”
More and more lawmakers in Uruguay are at least considering the proposal due to the escalation in drug-related violence that has been plaguing not only Uruguay but all of Latin America.
Legalising the sale of marijuana in Uruguay would also free up the police force there to focus their time and energy on arresting hard-core drug traffickers rather than wasting time rounding up individual pot smokers.
Uruguay’s proposal would include some form of sales management by the state and it would make Uruguay the first country in the world to offer completely legal marijuana sales managed by the government.