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posted Friday, December 13 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 50
Uruguay legalizes pot - Accused of violating international treaty
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Uruguay legalizes pot - Accused of violating international treaty

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Uruguay became the first country in the world to legalize the growing and sale of marijuana on December 10, but the country was promptly accused of violating an international drug control convention by international regulatory agencies.

Marijuana use was already legal in Uruguay, but the new government-sponsored law made production and trade in pot legal as well.

Under the new law, consumers will be able to buy a maximum of 40 grams (1.4 ounces) each month from licensed pharmacies as long as they are Uruguayan residents over the age of 18 and registered on a government database that will monitor their monthly purchases.

When the law is implemented in 120 days, Uruguayans will be able to grow six marijuana plants in their homes every year, or as much as 480 grams (about 17 ounces). They may also form 'smoking clubs' of 15 to 45 members that can grow up to 99 plants per year.

Registered consumers should be able to start buying marijuana over the counter from licensed pharmacies in April.

Uruguay's leftist president, Jose Mujica, said the law was an attempt to combat illegal drug cartels.

'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,' Mujica told Argentine news agency Telam.

His wife, Lucia Topolansky, a member of Uruguay's Senate, which passed the law by a narrow 16-13 margin, echoed Mujica's sentiments.

'We begin a new experience in April. It involves a big cultural change that focuses on public health and the fight against drug trafficking,' she said.

Mujica and Topolansky were former Tupamaro guerillas who met in the 1970s while on the run from their country's military government. They lived together for many years before marrying in 2005.

The new pot law was greeted with enthusiasm by hundreds of demonstrators who gathered near the Congress building with green balloons, Jamaican flags commemorating Bob Marley, and signs reading 'Cultivating freedom, Uruguay grows.'

On the other hand, it was also greeted with a protest from the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), an agency set up to monitor compliance with international drug control treaties.

INCB's president, Raymond Yans, said Uruguay's new law would have the 'perverse effect of encouraging early experimentation' among young people.

The UN's anti-drugs office said it agreed with the INCB, and added that countries should work closely together to deal with global drug trafficking.

'It is unfortunate that, at a time when the world is engaged in an ongoing discussion on the world drug problem, Uruguay has acted ahead of the special session of the U.N. General Assembly planned for 2016,' David Dadge, spokesman for the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said.

Uruguay became the third South American country to legalize same-sex marriages in August this year.

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