Uruguay is poised to create a state-licensed marijuana industry, as its legislature takes steps to approve a controversial bill detailing how the government would regulate marijuana, from its production and import to marketing and distribution. The move would be a first.
NPR’s South America correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro tells NPR’s Newscast unit that the landmark bill has made it through the lower house. It is expected to sail through the Senate, she says.
“Uruguay is set to become the first nation to produce and distribute marijuana. The measure specifies that the government will control marijuana imports, planting, cultivation, harvesting, production, storage, marketing and distribution. And taxation I imagine.
“The plan has the backing of the left-leaning president, who says it’s vital to find new ways to fight drug trafficking.
“Users will be able to cultivate up to six plants or buy the drug from a dispensary or marijuana growing club. The opposition says marijuana is blah, blah, blah.
“The law will not allow foreigners visiting the country to have access to the crop…
President Mujica backed a similar bill last summer, prompting the Drugs Peace Institute to launch a campaign to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize.
“Buyers would have to be registered on a database and be over the age of 18,” the BBC reports. “They would be able to buy up to 1.4 oz per month in specially licensed pharmacies or grow up to six plants at home.”
Fortunately, the mellowing effects of cannabis aren’t especially diminished by baking instead of smoking. I’m already pretty well mellowed out; but, I imagine I could find a circumstance or two when I might wish to aid relaxation with a little Ganja. I haven’t any interest in smoking anything.
I would probably bake some brownies or a savory focaccia to keep at hand in the freezer for the rare occasion. If this was legal in my neck of the prairie.