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    Uruguay first country to create marketplace for legal pot

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Uruguay has become the first country to create a national marketplace for legal marijuana, with the government regulating the production, sales and use of pot in a bold bid to control addiction and drug violence.

    The Senate gave final legislative approval to the bill late Tuesday, and President Jose Mujica, who campaigned for the legislation, is expected to sign it into law. The 78-year-old president has said he wants the market to begin operating next year.

    “Today is an historic day. Many countries of Latin America, and many governments, will take this law as an example,” Sen. Constanza Moreira, a member of the governing Broad Front coalition, said as the bill passed with 16 votes in favor and 13 against. Congress’ lower house approved the measure in late July.

    The groundbreaking legislation to create a government-run marijuana industry was opposed by two-thirds Uruguayans, recent opinion polls said.

    But Mujica, a former leftist guerrilla who spent years in jail as a younger man while others experimented with marijuana, went ahead with the legislation anyway. He argued the global drug war is a failure and said bureaucrats can do a better job of containing addictions and beating organized crime than police, soldiers and prison guards.

    Uruguay’s drug control agency will have 120 days, until mid-April, to draft regulations imposing state control over the entire market for marijuana, from seed to smoke.

    Everyone involved must be licensed and registered, with government monitors enforcing limits such as the 40 grams a month any adult will be able to buy at pharmacies for any reason or the six marijuana plants that license-holders will be allowed to grow at home.

    A government ad campaign launched Friday warns of pot smoking’s dangers to human health.

    “This is not liberalization of marijuana. It can be consumed within certain parameters established by law. I think it will reduce consumption,” Sen. Luis Gallo, a retired doctor who favored the bill, told The Associated Press. Opponents warned of the possible effects on health.

    Former Health Minister Alfredo Solari, a Colorado Party senator, worried the law will make it easier for children and adolescents to get their hands on pot. “The effects of this policy on public health will be terrible,” he said.

    The government got help from a national TV campaign and other lobbying efforts supporting by billionaire currency speculator and philanthropist George Soros and his Open Society Foundation and Drug Policy Alliance. In September, Mujica met with Soros and billionaire David Rockefeller in New York to explain his legal-market plan.
    These deep-pocketed connections drew criticism from the president’s opponents.

    “I would say to Mr. Soros, to Mr. Rockefeller, and to the president of the republic that you don’t experiment with the Uruguayans. We are not guinea pigs,” Colorado Party Sen. Pedro Bordaberry said Tuesday.

    Hannah Hetzer, a lobbyist for the Alliance who moved to Montevideo for the campaign, watched closely from the Senate gallery.

    “Uruguay is seeking an alternative to a failed model. I think that this is the beginning of the end of a prohibitionist model and the beginning of a more intelligent focus,” she said.

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    Hope they have bungalows on the beach to enjoy it !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    or the six marijuana plants that license-holders will be allowed to grow at home.
    Oregon has had 7 plants for home medical use for over 4 years now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    or the six marijuana plants that license-holders will be allowed to grow at home.
    Oregon has had 7 plants for home medical use for over 4 years now.
    I realise that but Oregon isn't a country, and this isn't for medical use.

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    I admire their balls for ignoring the heavy pressure put on them from the States and Europe. Other countries will now slowly follow....albeit at a drip rate.

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    Its happening Bangyai, and the 'medical' is just that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    enforcing limits such as the 40 grams a month
    Pretty sensible amount, anything over an ounce a month would be just right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post

    Its happening Bangyai, and the 'medical' is just that.
    I used to smoke a lot back in the U.K. but I'm actualy glad I gave it up when I came here. Might not be addictive but can get pretty habitual and in the end, just inhaling any kind of smoke into your lungs on a regular and sustained basis is probably not the healthiest thing to do.

    Not bad as an occasional treat though when you're in a national park communing with nature ..........very peaceful

    ' Por dee ow wy ny took sing ' ..........moderation in all things

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    She fits into those jean shorts and top very nicely...

    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    He argued the global drug war is a failure
    That does appear to be the case.

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    very sensible. C'mon Thailand, do the right thing!

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    Well they'll not only save a huge amount of money currently spent enforcing stupid laws, but I assume there will be some tax revenue as well, so wins all round if you ask me.

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    nice move for the tourist industry.

    just over a gram a day isn't gonna satisfy many.

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    Oh if its the kind it will its right at 1.4 grams a day. I'd like a bit more as well, but beggars cant be choosers. If everybody has it all will be alright.

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    All we need is a 100,000 green polo shirts and some farmers!

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    I wonder if we'll see a place that makes pot legal and tobaccy contraband?

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    I heard this discussed in Asia yesterday.

    Thinking has been changing. WA, CO, and Uruguay.

    BTW, who has been to Uruguay.

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    The booze companies won't be happy. Lots of people will discover the benefits of relaxing with a spliff and waking up without a hangover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    She fits into those jean shorts and top very nicely...
    She does, indeed...Well spotted...Actually, kinda hard to miss...

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    "Former Health Minister Alfredo Solari, a Colorado Party senator, worried the law will make it easier for children and adolescents to get their hands on pot. “The effects of this policy on public health will be terrible,” he said."

    Sort of in the same way that alcohol and tobacco are easily accessible?

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