We need to do this here

? The Independent

Yesterday I blogged about Portugal and today it is?Uruguay and their solution with?regard?to drugs…I think a combination?approach?of these two jurisdictions would have?immense?benefits here. Especially if we removed the money and the drugs from the gangs, and in particular for methamphetamine. Make it available on prescription and price control it really low…the gangs would then have no cash and no hold:

Uruguay ? in a bid to curb a narcotics-fuelled violent crimewave across the country ? has unveiled plans to nationalise its cannabis market and become the first government in the world to sell the soft drug to consumers.

The measure is aimed at both reducing the rising power of drug gangs and the growing number of users of crack and freebase cocaine in what has traditionally been one of Latin America’s most peaceful nations.

“We want to fight two different things: one is the consumption of drugs and the other is the trafficking of drugs,” said the Defence Minister Eleuterio Fern?ndez Huidobro.

“We believe that the prohibition of certain drugs is creating more problems in society than the drug itself. Homicides have risen as a result of the settling of accounts [between rival drug gangs] and this is a clear symptom of the appearance of certain phenomena that did not exist previously in Uruguay.” Under the plans, the government would initially grow cannabis and sell it to registered users. But once the scheme is up and running, it hopes to cash in and allow private companies to take over the production of the drug.

Possession of small amounts and consumption of marijuana is currently not illegal in Uruguay but growing and selling it is. The new bill would seek to put the drug dealers out of business by making it easier, safer and possibly cheaper for users to buy marijuana from official dispensaries.

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