On the last 10th of December with 16 votes in favour and 13 against, the Uruguayan Senate approved a law that makes weed legal in the country.

In 120 days, upon president Mujica’s signature, Uruguayans will not only be allowed to buy but actually cultivate the Cannabis herb at home.

Registered citizens, over the age of 18, will be legally allowed to purchase up to 40 grams of the herb per month while cultivating as much as 6 plants per house hold; also official consumer groups, of at least 45 people, will be able to legally cultivate up to 99 plants per club.

…improve the overall safety across the country…

Ten large companies have already announced interest in producing marijuana in large scales. The government hasn’t closed any deals but has made it clear that all the production will stay within the country and will be strictly regulated.

The idea is to diminish the impacts of drug trafficking and improve the overall safety across the country; while also regulating and taxing the legal consumption.

…the negative impact this will have on its population…

The United Nations is not at all happy with the news and declared to be surprised that a country such as Uruguay, having signed the International Conventions on Drugs document, is following through with this decision; also insinuating that the Uruguayan government has not taken into account the negative impact this will have on its population.

This immediately takes me back to so many heated discussions on the subject of legalizing or not the peace drug among my friends – and it also reminds me of my granny’s last doctor’s appointment – I haven’t gone mad, read on!

Jose Mujica.

…the same exact sort of blabbing that went on…

You see, whenever the subject legalize weed turned about, it was always the same exact sort of blabbing that went on. If on one hand most users defended the benefits of chilling and smoking a joint, the other side found it immoral to support yet another bad habit, especially one that kills your neurons. Sound familiar?

Now to add my sweet granny to this discussion, it was recently that in a very shy, almost ashamed manner she brought up the subject that she might be interested in trying out a joint expecting to feel her chronicle pains vanished with the smoke.

…my granny was very hopeful…

So we took the query to her doctors. More than one, though they can’t yet prescribe it in Brazil where she is, said – off the records – that smoking a joint might not only relieve most of her pain but also present insignificant side effects when compared to the other drugs she is now under.”

Needless to say that when the news on Uruguay’s latest revolutionary step was announced, my granny was very hopeful that this will too happen for her in Brazil and why not across the whole of South America. Yes, why not across the whole of South America?

…drug dealing is much more than just an illegal trade to this countries…

What that would mean to economy and politics in these countries is out of proportion, anyone with an open eye can see that drug dealing is much more than just an illegal trade to this countries.

Will a black market arise with lower prices? Will consumers prefer the legalized goods? Will other drugs find their path to legalization? Can drug trafficking end on that side of the world, along with most of its problems?

…the guy sounds pretty confident to me…

Mujica admits it will be an experiment, but dares to dream big by also hoping it will contribute greatly to humanity.

No doubt he has a few folks worried but the guy sounds pretty confident to me. I don’t know about you, but I am really eager to see the results. Come on Mujica, sign that paper already and let us have it.

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