Legalisation to remove organised crime from the market

Uruguay is moving closer to legalisation of cannabis.

Uruguay seems determined to create a legal marijuana market despite warnings from educators, psychiatrists and pharmacists of dangerous side effects.

The Senate is set to open debate on the pot plan on Tuesday, and since lawmakers turned away all requests for amendments after it passed the lower chamber, the vote will be final. 

President Jose Mujica says the point is not to promote marijuana use, but push out organised crime by denying traffickers profits from an illegal trade.

Psychiatrists predict a rise in mental illness. Educators warn of failures at school, and pharmacists say selling pot alongside prescription drugs hurts their profession.

But marijuana grower Marcelo Vazquez tells The Associated Press he can’t wait to pay taxes on the weed he’s grown illegally for 20 years.

Prohibition hasn’t worked anywhere in the world…why not move to legalisation?

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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