Uruguay is one step closer on changing the marijuana laws in the South American nation and is working on full legalization, putting it on the decriminalization list of cannabis by country.
However that does not mean the President Jose Mujica favors any other illicit drugs. In an interview Thursday with Colombia’s RCN radio network, Mujica said he does not yet know when his government will present Uruguay’s Congress with the legislative proposal. Mujica’s party dominates Congress.
He says the plan is for the government to sell marijuana at a cheap and reasonable price then monitor what each person consumes. The idea is to take drug profits out of the hands of criminals.
Mujica says that while drug addiction is a medical problem, drug trafficking is an unwinnable police problem.
Uruguay would be the world’s first nation to sell marijuana directly.
The Netherlands has decriminalized pot in its country. Cannabis products are only sold openly in certain local “coffee shops,” other types of sales and possession are not permitted, although the general legal approach toward cannabis was before the law took place.
In Pakistan, laws prohibiting the sale and misuse of cannabis exist, but are very rarely enforced. As with hash, the occasional use of cannabis in community gatherings is broadly tolerated as a centuries old custom, despite its association with lower-income groups.
On 26 May 2011, Poland introduced legislation to terminate the prosecution for possession of small amounts of drugs for personal use. The law introduces the possibility when a person has negligible amounts of drugs for personal use and is not a dealer. However, for possession of large quantities of drugs would result up to 10 years in prison.