Uruguay plans to legalise marijuana under state monopoly

José Mujica's government says more damage is done by illegal dealings in drug
The Guardian Weekly (UK)
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

no-mas-presosThe president of Uruguay, José Mujica, has announced plans to legalise the production and sale of marijuana under a state monopoly, triggering a lively controversy in Montevideo. The relevant bill will soon be tabled in parliament, where the governing centre-left coalition led by the Broad Front (FA) enjoys a majority but is divided on this issue. "The negative effects of consuming marijuana are far less harmful than the outbreak of violence associated with the black market."