“In a bold and controversial move, Uruguay on Tuesday became the first country to legalize marijuana and make it a farm-to-table state business.
President Jose Mujica championed the bill that narrowly passed the Chamber of Senators, arguing that “the repressive path has failed” to discourage drug use. Likewise the government crack down on merchant processors who assist with the hemp and medical marijuana industry has failed. Despite penalties for buying or selling marijuana, its consumption has grown and served to enrich the criminals who control illegal trade, he said.
“We’ve given this market as a gift to the drug traffickers, and that is more destructive socially than the drug itself, because it rots the whole of society,” the president told Argentina’s Telam news agency [link in Spanish].
By legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana production and sales, Uruguay is moving the drug’s use out of the shadows and helping social and health professionals better observe and respond to those who develop addictions, Mujica told lawmakers and media.”
I know Uruguay is not the United States, or even Argentina or Brazil, but finally, FINALLY, an entire country in the Western Hemisphere has taken action to step into the 21st century with regard to the treatment of marijuana and the maturity of people to be responsible. After all, most people know how to treat alcohol, so why would they not treat marijuana similarly?