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    Uruguay becomes first country to legalize marijuana trade

    I really like these points the president made about drug trade. Basically his view is there is a market for drugs whether you like it or not and legalizing marijuanna is resting the market away from violent drug dealers.

    Uruguay becomes first country to legalize marijuana trade

    Uruguay became the first country to legalize the growing, sale and smoking of marijuana on Tuesday, a pioneering social experiment that will be closely watched by other nations debating drug liberalization.

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

    "We begin a new experience in April. It involves a big cultural change that focuses on public health and the fight against drug trafficking," Uruguay's first lady, Senator Lucía Topolansky, told Reuters.

    Uruguay's attempt to quell drug trafficking is being followed closely in Latin America where the legalization of some narcotics is being increasingly seen by regional leaders as a possible way to end the violence spawned by the cocaine trade.

    Uruguay's leftist president, Jose Mujica, defends his initiative as a bid to regulate and tax a market that already exists but is run by criminals."

    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,"
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    Re: Uruguay becomes first country to legalize marijuana trade

    Quote Originally Posted by poweRob View Post
    I really like these points the president made about drug trade. Basically his view is there is a market for drugs whether you like it or not and legalizing marijuanna is resting the market away from violent drug dealers.

    Uruguay becomes first country to legalize marijuana trade

    Uruguay became the first country to legalize the growing, sale and smoking of marijuana on Tuesday, a pioneering social experiment that will be closely watched by other nations debating drug liberalization.

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

    "We begin a new experience in April. It involves a big cultural change that focuses on public health and the fight against drug trafficking," Uruguay's first lady, Senator Lucía Topolansky, told Reuters.

    Uruguay's attempt to quell drug trafficking is being followed closely in Latin America where the legalization of some narcotics is being increasingly seen by regional leaders as a possible way to end the violence spawned by the cocaine trade.

    Uruguay's leftist president, Jose Mujica, defends his initiative as a bid to regulate and tax a market that already exists but is run by criminals."

    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,"
    Interesting. This situation may work within the country's borders but the challenge will still remain... export markets.... Time will tell,, will it not?

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    Re: Uruguay becomes first country to legalize marijuana trade

    Good for them. It is asinine that marijuana is illegal at all, anywhere.

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    Re: Uruguay becomes first country to legalize marijuana trade

    After prohibition ended, alcohol was turned from a violent black market into a respectable business. There's no reason why the same can't happen for pot.
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    Re: Uruguay becomes first country to legalize marijuana trade

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    After prohibition ended, alcohol was turned from a violent black market into a respectable business. There's no reason why the same can't happen for pot.
    Yea there is..... Madison Avenue Advertisers. TV will be saturated with a crapload of TV ads. And, if people act on those ads, then the crap news and unfunny sitcoms that are now on will actually seem like good news and hilarious stuff. Meanwhile, while we are smoking a joints, while grooving to Justin Bieber, and getting the latest news on which white woman has disappeared this time, we will forget all about those pesky problems like homelessness, wars, corruption, and climate change. The tobacco companies will package marijuana into little blue pills, and we will end up being slaves, if we aren't already.

    But there could be another explanation here. Maybe I'm a little nuts...... But what if I'm not? LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Yea there is..... Madison Avenue Advertisers. TV will be saturated with a crapload of TV ads. And, if people act on those ads, then the crap news and unfunny sitcoms that are now on will actually seem like good news and hilarious stuff. Meanwhile, while we are smoking a joints, while grooving to Justin Bieber, and getting the latest news on which white woman has disappeared this time, we will forget all about those pesky problems like homelessness, wars, corruption, and climate change. The tobacco companies will package marijuana into little blue pills, and we will end up being slaves, if we aren't already.

    But there could be another explanation here. Maybe I'm a little nuts...... But what if I'm not? LOL.
    Do you think that's already happened with alcohol? Why would marijuana be any different? And there's evidence to suggest that legalization wouldn't increase use, so any supposed tuning out by marijuana users is already happening.
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    Re: Uruguay becomes first country to legalize marijuana trade

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    After prohibition ended, alcohol was turned from a violent black market into a respectable business.
    ...and converted the Kennedy's from bootleggers to powerful politicians. What can possibly go wrong?

    But generally, I agree. The battle over vice shouldn't be fought with legislation as doing so only breeds all manner of unintended consequences, usually far worse than the vice itself.
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    Re: Uruguay becomes first country to legalize marijuana trade

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    After prohibition ended, alcohol was turned from a violent black market into a respectable business. There's no reason why the same can't happen for pot.
    Yes but it was also a respectable business before Prohibition too. And as such, a HUGE tax cash cow for the federal govt.
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    Re: Uruguay becomes first country to legalize marijuana trade

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Yea there is..... Madison Avenue Advertisers. TV will be saturated with a crapload of TV ads. And, if people act on those ads, then the crap news and unfunny sitcoms that are now on will actually seem like good news and hilarious stuff. Meanwhile, while we are smoking a joints, while grooving to Justin Bieber, and getting the latest news on which white woman has disappeared this time, we will forget all about those pesky problems like homelessness, wars, corruption, and climate change. The tobacco companies will package marijuana into little blue pills, and we will end up being slaves, if we aren't already.

    But there could be another explanation here. Maybe I'm a little nuts...... But what if I'm not? LOL.
    They dont allow cigarette ads anymore and I thought they didnt allow hard liquor ads anymore but apparently they do...at least on some networks. Or maybe it has to do with the hours?
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    Re: Uruguay becomes first country to legalize marijuana trade

    Yeah for Uruguay.

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