Uruguay On The Verge Of Becoming The First Country In The World To Legalize Marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, December, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
Uruguayan Senate to Vote Next Week on President Mujica’s Bill to Tax and Regulate Marijuana
Next week, the Uruguayan Senate will vote on a bill that would make their country the first in the world to legally regulate the production, distribution and sale of marijuana for adults. The bill was approved in the House of Representatives in July with 50 out of 96 votes. The Senate vote will most likely take place on Tuesday, December 10. Once approved in Senate, Uruguay will have 120 days to write the regulations before implementing the law.
The marijuana legalization proposal was put forward by President José Mujica in June 2012 as part of a comprehensive package aimed at fighting crime and public insecurity. After a year and a half of studying the issue, engaging in political debate, redrafting the bill, and the emergence of a public campaign in favor of the proposal, Uruguay’s parliament is set to approve the measure this year.
“It’s about time that we see a country bravely break with the failed prohibitionist model and try an innovative, more compassionate, and smarter approach. By approving this measure, Uruguay will represent a concrete advance in line with growing opposition to the drug war in Latin America and throughout the world,” said Hannah Hetzer, who is based out of Montevideo, Uruguay, as the Policy Manager of the Americas for the Drug Policy Alliance.
The Uruguayan proposal has also gained attention abroad over the past year, as momentum has built throughout the U.S., Latin America and elsewhere for broad drug policy reforms. In November 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first political jurisdictions anywhere in the world to approve the legal regulation of marijuana. In August, the White House announced that the federal government will not interfere with state marijuana laws – as long as a number of stipulations are adhered to, such as preventing distribution to minors.
“Last year, Colorado and Washington; this year, Uruguay; and next year, Oregon and hopefully more states as well,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “We still have a long way to go but who would have believed, just five years ago, that legalizing marijuana would have become a mainstream political reality both in the United States and abroad?!”
The Uruguayan bill allows four forms of access to marijuana: medical marijuana through the Ministry of Public Health, domestic cultivation of 6 plants, membership clubs similar to those found in Spain, and licensed sale in pharmacies. It also prohibits sales to minors, driving under the influence, and all forms of advertising.
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Seattle Plans Their One Year Anniversary
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, December, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
Washington is one of the two states where recreational use of marijuana is allowed. Seattle itself is quickly approaching the one year anniversary of when marijuana became legal within the city. Stoners are preparing to celebrate and activist Ben Livingston is at the head of the party planning committee. Livingston is a writer and activist as well as the Seattle based Center For Legal Cannabis.
Livingston believes that Seattle can be a huge 420 friendly travel destination, much like Amsterdam or Jamaica. Since Seattle is already a big spot for travel, it's suspected that there is some amount of travelers that would want to legally smoke cannabis on their trip. And with competition high with Portland and Denver, Seattle stands to make themselves the head of the legal cannabis attractions in the United States.
December 6th will mark the day that cannabis has been legal for those 21 and over for a year. Those of age can carry up to an ounce of weed on their person. Rules similar to tobacco apply. You can't be getting stoned while waiting for a table at your favorite restaurant and your landlord can even put "not pot friendly" in your lease before you sign it. Even so, Seattle seems like one happy place for stoners to be able to hang out and have fun.
It will take time to make Seattle rival the epic wonder of places like Amsterdam. People want cool places to go and smoke, not just toke up on a bench in the park. The formation of lounges and smoking bars will take a bit but is a very real possibility. In the meantime, if you're in the Seattle area on the 6th, you should be attending the events that will be going on that day! :)
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