Uruguay becomes first nation to legalize marijuana

December 12, 2013

Business, International

Uruguay becomes first nation to legalize marijuana

Uruguay Marijuana


MONTEVIDEO- Uruguay has become the first national marketplace for legal marijuana after the Senate approved a law on Tuesday, putting the government in charge of the cultivation, distribution and consumption of the drug.

The law, conceived in an attempt to tackle the illegal drugs trade, was approved by a vote of 16 to 13, with the ruling Broad Front Party united in favor. It now awaits the signature of President Jose Mujica, who wants the market to start operating next year.

Uruguayans will be allowed to grow, buy and smoke marijuana under the legislation. The government will license growers, sellers and consumers, and those who buy from licensed pharmacies will be registered on a confidential database to enforce a maximum purchase of 40 grams a month.

While licensed individual consumers will be able to cultivate up to six plants at a time in their home and registered clubs will be able to grow up to 99, carrying, growing or selling the drug without a license could result in a prison term.

Although polls show up to two-thirds of Uruguayans oppose a government-run marijuana industry, Mujica says the global anti-drug war is costly and a failure, and believes bureaucrats can do a better job of containing addiction and beating organized crimes than police and soldiers.

The law was approved by Uruguay’s lower house of Congress in July, despite criticism from some claiming the government is underestimating the risks of marijuana.
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Montevideo, founded by the European Spanish in 1726 as a military stronghold, soon took advantage of its natural harbor to become an important commercial center. Claimed by Argentina but annexed by Brazil in 1821, Uruguay declared its independence four years later and secured its freedom in 1828 after a three-year struggle.
Independence: August 25, 1825 (from Brazil)

Population: 3,324,460 (July 2013 est.)
Between the population size of Connecticut 3,590,347 (US rank 29) and Iowa 3,074,186 (US rank 30)

Ethnic groups:
white 88%
mestizo (European and Amerindian) 8%
black 4%
Amerindian (100% native Americans practically nonexistent) 0%+


Christian Roman Catholic 47.1%, non-Catholic Christians 11.1%, nondenominational Christians 23.2%, Jewish 0.3%, atheist or agnostic 17.2%, other 1.1%

Administrative divisions:
19 departments (departamentos, singular – departamento); Artigas, Canelones, Cerro Largo, Colonia, Durazno, Flores, Florida, Lavalleja, Maldonado, Montevideo, Paysandu, Rio Negro, Rivera, Rocha, Salto, San Jose, Soriano, Tacuarembo, Treinta y Tres

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