Uruguay launches a nationwide public debate over marijuana legalization – Its government deserves our full support
On November 15, 2012, the government of Uruguay submitted to its parliament a proposal for the legalization of the sale of marijuana under state control (possession and use of marijuana is already legal in Uruguay). The bill would create a National Cannabis Institute to regulate commercial marijuana production and distribution. The bill would allow the cultivation of up to six plants for personal use and the possession of up to 17 ounces.
If passed into law, Uruguay would become the first country in the world to formally legalize marijuana commerce.
With public opposition to marijuana legalization still at around 64%, President Mujica decided to slow down the project last December. The government is now launching a three-month public debate that will feature round tables, seminars, and conferences across the country.
This is unprecedented in the history of the drug policy reform movement. No government has ever taken such an active role in the drug policy debate. We cannot afford to drop the ball on Uruguay. If you haven’t done so yet, I urge you to sign our petition of support.If you have signed it already, please help its promotion through social network, email, blogging or any other way you can think of.
When you sign the letter underneath, it will be sent with your signature to President José Mujica and the two major opposition parties. Please share this blog post on Facebook, on Twitter and other social medias or by email.
Remember: This is just a proposal for the time being, and it needs to go thru parliamentary approval. For those of you who think that it doesn’t go far enough, that it gives too much control to the government, just think about the uphill battle President José Mujica and his government are facing, and the expected US government’s stonewalling. There is absolutely no guarantee that this proposal will go thru, which is why we need to show our support.
For more impact, you can also tweet your own message of support to the following:
Presidency of Uruguay: @SCpresidenciauy
Senator Jorge Larrañaga, @guapolarranaga, leader of Alianza Nacional
Pedro Bordaberry, @PedroBordaberry, President of the CEN colorado, was minister of Tourism and Industry in the Government of Jorge Batlle, the first head of state in the world to call for the legalization of all drugs in 2000, shortly after taking office.
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