Uruguay 1st to Legalize Marijuana; May Cut Gov’t Deficit?
|December 12, 2013||Posted by Staff under Social Change|
These two 2013 excerpt about de-criminalizing a weedy mood-alterant are from (1) the BBC, Dec 11, by Ignacio de los Reyes, and (2) AlterNet, Spt 19, by Jodie Gummow.
Uruguay Marijuana Move ‘Illegal’ – UN Drugs Watchdog
Hundreds of young people gathered outside Congress in Montevideo to follow the vote on a giant screen. Many shared a joint of marijuana with their friends. They partied amid reggae music and some waved marijuana leaves.
Presenting the bill to fellow senators, Roberto Conde said it was an unavoidable response to reality, given that the “war” against drugs had failed.
After nearly 12 hours of debate, senators gave the government-sponsored bill their final approval — it was passed by 16 votes to 13 — making Uruguay the first country in the world to legalise the production and sale of marijuana.
The project had already been approved by Uruguay’s lower house in July.
A group of former presidents and influential social figures, including Brazil’s Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Mexico’s Ernesto Zedillo, and Colombian ex-leader Cesar Gaviria, have called for marijuana to be legalised and regulated.
President Mujica asked why the former leaders only spoke out about the legalisation of marijuana after they had left office.
The INCB is an independent body of experts established by the United Nations to monitor countries’ compliance with international drug treaties. It claims that de-criminalization violates international law.
New Bill to Tax and Legalize Marijuana in D.C. Could Solve Budget Deficit
Legalizing weed may be the answer to Congress’s national budget crisis as activists push for a system where weed is taxed.
A new bill formally introduced to the Washington D.C. council may provide the answer as a major source of tax revenue.
The bill aims to legalize possession of marijuana for adults over 21, regulate sale and licensing, and tax the transactions in order to help raise revenue.
Colorado and Washington passed similar laws in 2012 and will begin issuing licenses later this year.
With the majority of Americans supporting weed legalization, marijuana activists plan to place the issue on the ballot should D.C. council fail to pass the proposed legislation.
Ed. Notes: The most important part of this story has little to do with drugs and more to do with the fact that people in power can make a rational decision some times. If they can go by the facts when dealing with drugs, perhaps they can use the clear-cut evidence in favor of turning land value into common wealth by taxing site rent or charging ground rent in lieu of the typical counterproductive taxes on income, sales, and buildings (property). One sensible step might lead to another and eventually all the way to geonomics.