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Court In Columbia Approves The Decriminalization Of Marijuana And Cocaine
On Friday Colombia’s Constitutional Court approved a plan by the government to decriminalize less than 20 grams of marijuana and one gram of cocaine. Those caught with less than those amounts will not be subject to arrest or prosecution.
In the face of increasing violence, many Latin American countries have learned a lesson from Mexico’s disastrous military War on Drugs over the last 5 years. They will not be repeating that debacle.
Momentum is starting to build worldwide against the U.S. view of things on many levels, especially The War on Drugs. In the end the U.S. might be the last one fighting a war that can’t be won and will only bring misery to us all.
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Uruguay government aims to legalise marijuana
Uruguay has unveiled a plan to allow state-controlled sales of marijuana to fight a rise in drug-related crime.
Under the bill, only the government would be allowed to sell marijuana to adults registered on a database.
Defence Minister Eleuterio Fernandez Huidobro said this was part of a plan to remove profits from drug dealers and divert users from harder drugs.
He said that the recent increase in murder rates was a clear symptom of a rise in drug trafficking crimes.
“We believe that the prohibition of certain drugs is creating more problems for society than the drugs themselves… with disastrous consequences,” Mr Fernandez Huidobro said, presenting the bill.
“Homicides related to settling scores have increased, and that’s a clear sign that certain phenomena are appearing in Uruguay that didn’t exist before,” he said.
The authorities blame the rise in crime in Uruguay on hard drugs, specifically crack cocaine.
The new bill envisages that some shops would be allowed to sell marijuana cigarettes at a price fixed by the authorities.
The government also wants to create a user database to supervise consumption.
BBC regional correspondent Vladimir Hernandez says the move is seen as groundbreaking in South America.
Several Central American leaders – including the presidents of Guatemala and Costa Rica – have spoken of the need to consider decriminalising some drugs in an attempt to undermine cartels.
In Uruguay alone, the illegal marijuana market is estimated to be worth about $75m (£48m) a year.
But the new bill has already proved controversial, and the debate in Congress could take several months, our correspondent says.
Source: BBC News
At least some countries are thinking along the right lines.
Americas war on drugs is futile, it can never be won. Why is America against drugs? Because they are bad… oh no, because they will interfere with the profits of the tobacco and alcohol industries. Once again, the politicians have been bought and paid for.
“He (Newt Gringrich) said at an town hall event in New Hampshire that decriminalizing drugs like marijuana would increase the rate of addictions and increase crime”
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That is proof that Newt Gringrich doesn’t know shit.
He is as blind as all the other assholes that ignore the lessons of Prohibition.
And, he thinks he can run the country? Un-bloody-believable!
No wonder America is back-peddling into puritanism, if this is an example of presidential candidate.