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Uruguay faces UN backlash for legalizing pot

12.12.2013 06:10

Uruguay is facing criticism, as the UN’s drug body, supporting the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), lashed out at the country for allegedly breaking international law, after it legalized the consumption and growing of the plant on Tuesday.

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Karl Eriksen 13.07.2014 16:41

zIf the US is within its sovereign rights to incarcerate millions for petty crimes, and China is within its sovereign rights to execute thousands, and Saudi Arabia is within its rights to brutally repress society, then Uruguay is within its rights to allow its adult citizens to use a god given plant as they see fit.


DB Cooper 04.01.2014 22:26

Who in the UN is complaining? That's what I would like to know. BDS!


goedelite 25.12.2013 17:52

Les québécois qui ne parle pas bien anglais doivent mieux écrire en français. Je rémarque qu'ils n'aiment pas quand on fait fautes en français.


Todd Craft 16.12.2013 16:54

Uruguay needs to state very clearly to the UN that they are a Sovereign Nation and will do as they please within their own borders! Enough of the undeclared world government!


MagnaCarta2015 15.12.2013 15:58

Jose Mujica a man of the people speaks, it is very good on Uruguay (from Quebec, Canada). You are an example to nations and free peoples everywhere - Well done.


Joe Nida 15.12.2013 05:16

Good for the country. Hope more will take note. This is also another example of how useless & intrusive the un is


R 14.12.2013 22:01

Finally there is some common sense coming out of a Govt!
Some people think that if we legalize it, it will come!
I have news for you all!
It's already here, and has been here for centuries!
Govt' s are broke, yet they have nothing better to do than chase MJ!
When gangs are running around killing people over what would be a worthless plant if it were legal, something is wrong.
legalize it to get rid of the gang wars over it, not for govt's to make money!
I have read that Canada spends approx $1.25 mil/ year chasing drugs and of that $875 k is spent chasing MJ what a waste of tax payer money!!!


nowswimback 14.12.2013 20:29

No reason for a perfectly natural growing plant to be illegal. If you don't like it, don't use it. Simple. The days of the Judeo-corrupted US govt dicating the policies of other nations are coming to an end.


Liz Bayley 14.12.2013 19:18

This is a positive development in the "war on drugs". What has been done to combat drug cartels for decades has not worked. Period. The President of Uruguay should be lauded for taking a political risk and giving this a try. Well done.


P.J. Rafter 14.12.2013 15:32

José Mugica should be awarded the Peace Nobel Prize for this initiative?
He stands head and shoulders above the rest of the world's political classes . . .


Regula 14.12.2013 08:09

The US uses the drug trade to pay for special operations and is therefore interested in keeping prices high. Decriminalizing drugs, legalizing Marihuana will lower the prices and likely diminish use as the substance is no longer as "precious" and desirable because illegal.


scott zagoria 14.12.2013 04:23

re: 'Prohibition has (again) evolved local gangs into transnational enterprises with intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, helping them control vast swaths of territory while gifting them with significant social and military resources.' Substitute 'foreign intelligence specialists participating in Youtube discussions' in place of gangs.


Michael Proctor 13.12.2013 21:17

The war on drugs has failed, it failed 30 years ago but most politicians, despite their private educations, can't seem to find a solution. All they need to do is look at Portugal as an example who decriminalized all drugs, their crime rate fell, drug releated deaths fell as certels weren't killing each other and the usage did not rise. Effectively they pulled the rug from under the cartels and put them out of business. You can't stop it, you can't stop anything, you just push it underground. Pot has many benefits to many people. I've never seen anyone high on pot wanting to fight, be abusive like a drunk person.

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