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