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José “Pepe” Mujica shot back on Friday at the president of the International Narcotics Control Board, a U.N. agency, for saying that his administration refused to meet with the agency’s officials before legalizing marijuana this week.

Mujica batted down the criticism, insisting that his administration is open to discussing the law and accusing the INCB President Raymond Yans of applying a double standard by criticizing Uruguay, even as U.S. states pass laws to legalize recreational marijuana consumption.

“Tell this old guy not to lie,” Mujica told reporters, according to Colombian daily El Espectador. “Any guy in the street can meet with me. Let him come to Uruguay and meet with me whenever he wants… He thinks that because he’s in an international position, he can tell whatever lie he wants.”

Yans had said that the law passed by the Uruguayan legislature this week legalizing the consumption and government-controlled production and sale of marijuana would violate the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, which Uruguay has signed.

The INCB president said on Wednesday he was “surprised” that the Uruguayan government “knowingly decided to break the universally agreed and internationally endorsed legal provisions of the treaty.

But Mujica dismissed the criticism as a double standard, pointing out that the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington have already legalized weed and that both of the states’ populations individually exceed Uruguay’s 3.4 million inhabitants.

“Do they have two discourses, one for Uruguay and another for those who are strong?” Mujica asked.

Uruguay’s Senate gave its final approval Monday to a law legalizing the consumption of marijuana creating a government-controlled market for the soft drug’s production and sale. Those wishing to smoke marijuana recreationally must register with the government and limit their intake to 40 grams per month, or whatever they can reap from up to six plants they may grow at home.

Mujica and his supporters argued that regulating marijuana consumption and production would take the profits out of the hands of criminals, rather than continuing using soldiers and police to enforce a prohibition policy that fails to keep people from smoking weed.

The United States has largely refrained from publicly criticizing Uruguay’s actions, though State Department Spokesman Pooja Jhunjhunwala also said the new law would violate the 1961 U.N. convention on drug control in comments to the Washington Post.

But Uruguay’s president said he’d faced international pressure, including from neighboring Brazil, for pushing ahead with his effort to end marijuana prohibition.

“There’s always going to be pressure,” Mujica told Brazilian daily A Folha de São Paulo before the law passed. “There’s an apparatus in the world that lives by repressing, and it costs a lot of money.”

 

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Common sense isn't always popular among world leaders.

thats because they live in a different world to us mere mortals

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  1. Marijuana is NOT a narcotic.

Legalizing and regulating marijuana DOES take the profits away from criminal elements and increases government revenues.

Not only have some states in the US legalized marijuana...but also The Netherlands has had legalized marijuana for a long time with no apparent downsides...and many benefits.

Why criminalize otherwise law-abiding citizens for using marijuana, which is no more harmful to people than alcoholic beverages or tobacco (that are legal throughout most of the world)?

I would go even further, and legalize/regulate ALL drugs. Suck the profit out of them for criminal elements, and crime goes down. Do they ruin lives if abused? Yes...they do...but no more than alcohol or tobacco or gambling or overeating. You can't protect people from themselves...and it is a waste of time and money to try. Prohibition in the US back in the 1930's proved that. All that criminalization does is makes criminal elements stronger and costs the taxpayers money that could be better spent elsewhere. If somebody wants to hurt or kill themselves by abusing drugs or alcohol or gambling or tobacco or anything else that could be addictive, then let them. Take away all social benefits for anybody who does abuse substances, and soon most of the problem will go away on its own.

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The War on Drugs is viewed by many as one of America's worst failures. They argue that another approach is clearly needed. A lot of countries, particularly those in South America are saying that time its for something else.

 

I'm in agreement. The money associated with the drugs breeds too much bad stuff that runs from kids all the way up to the large multinational banks. Except the kids go to jail, get shot, get wrapped up in gangs. Bank presidents get slapped on the hands.

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I like that guy.  I don't use any of that stuff yet I agree about making it legal to take the profits and criminals out of the game.

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How will the CIA be able to fund it's black op's if drugs are made legal? Will they open a drive through window at your local CIA office so you can pick up a quick hit of heroin? 

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 Those wishing to smoke marijuana recreationally must register with the government and limit their intake to 40 grams per month

 

 

I don't like all this 'registering' crap. Thats what they are doing with the 'medical' marijuana in the states. Forming state 'registers'. You don't need to 'register' when you take amoxicillin. Its a private matter between you and your doctor. And if you don't have health insurance its even more private. 

 

There is no 'alcohol drinkers register' and restrictions, yet it kills people every day. 

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I would go even further, and legalize/regulate ALL drugs. Suck the profit out of them for criminal elements, and crime goes down. Do they ruin lives if abused? Yes...they do...but no more than alcohol or tobacco or gambling or overeating. You can't protect people from themselves...and it is a waste of time and money to try. Prohibition in the US back in the 1930's proved that. All that criminalization does is makes criminal elements stronger and costs the taxpayers money that could be better spent elsewhere. If somebody wants to hurt or kill themselves by abusing drugs or alcohol or gambling or tobacco or anything else that could be addictive, then let them. Take away all social benefits for anybody who does abuse substances, and soon most of the problem will go away on its own.

 

took the words right out of my mouth.

 

Drug enforcement of a legal point of view is just plain wrong. Police are not moral nazi's and they never should have been. Drug abuse is a moral issue.

By legalizing all drugs and instead of kids thinking it is cool because it is illegal they will see them for what they are.

 

Pot is awesome and I wish it was legal here. I miss my bowl and pipe so much it is one of the reason I keep thinking of moving to cambodia or even uruguay.  I am so much happier with a pipe on the weekends. Much better then drinking. For the love of all things holy I wish philippines was a progressive nation

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i am all for legalization, but i don't think we should say we are taking money out of the criminals hands rather just transferring it to a different group of criminals

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Common sense isn't always popular among world leaders.

although lining their own pockets is very popular.

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  1. Marijuana is NOT a narcotic.
  2. Legalizing and regulating marijuana DOES take the profits away from criminal elements and increases government revenues.
  3. Not only have some states in the US legalized marijuana...but also The Netherlands has had legalized marijuana for a long time with no apparent downsides...and many benefits.
  4. Why criminalize otherwise law-abiding citizens for using marijuana, which is no more harmful to people than alcoholic beverages or tobacco (that are legal throughout most of the world)?
  5. I would go even further, and legalize/regulate ALL drugs. Suck the profit out of them for criminal elements, and crime goes down. Do they ruin lives if abused? Yes...they do...but no more than alcohol or tobacco or gambling or overeating. You can't protect people from themselves...and it is a waste of time and money to try. Prohibition in the US back in the 1930's proved that. All that criminalization does is makes criminal elements stronger and costs the taxpayers money that could be better spent elsewhere. If somebody wants to hurt or kill themselves by abusing drugs or alcohol or gambling or tobacco or anything else that could be addictive, then let them. Take away all social benefits for anybody who does abuse substances, and soon most of the problem will go away on its own.

 

Why do you speak logic about this subject. It has zilch to do with logic.

First you need to understand the problem which is :

Cui Bono.

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I've never used any thing but alcohol but am in favor of legalizing any and all drugs up to and including heroin.

 

If you want to use them fine by me, BUT. If you become a burden to society, whatever your addiction drug - crime / multilevel rehabilitations -  then FU.  - you're on your own.

 

Get caught selling to minor, automatic mandatory death penalty. I don't believe in slap on the wrist for even first time offence.

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FUKCING A !!! Will wonders never cease ??? I can't believe that I agree with most people on here, all the people here. It is a once in a lifetime event LOL. URAGUAY if it were a bit farther north might the ultimate retirement place for me. Never been there but it is intriguing. I speak poquito Spanish and poco poco Italiano. Just gotta look out for that Argentinian counterfeit dinero. Crazy. Oh yeah and that president is a Socialist hard core. Read up on him sounds like a great guy. Hopefully CIA doesn't have him knocked off for setting too good an example.

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