Recreational Cannabis Experiment Uruguay
In December 2013 Uruguay became the first country to legalize recreational cannabis. Citizens can grow up to 6 plants at home for personal use. The people of Uruguay can form a cannabis growers club between themselves and a few friends. A club is permitted to grow 99 plants which can equate to far more weed than just 6 plants per person. Another way to get weed in Uruguay is to go to a pharmacy where citizens are charged $1 per gram. However there is a maximum purchase limit of 40 grams per month. To become a part of the legal recreational cannabis system in Uruguay you would need to be a resident of the country. You would also need to be over 18 years old and sign a cannabis register.
The President Of Uruguay
Jose Mujica was president during the period in which legislation changed. While Jose was president he chose to live on his own small farm as apposed to the huge lavish presidential building he was offered. His goal was simple. His goal was to have food on every table and a car in every garage for his people. If every country had an open-minded and compassionate president, like the portrayed traits of Jose, how different would our world be today? In this video he is interviewed by Krishna Andavolu. Jose and Krishna talk about the pros and cons of recreational cannabis legalisation. The president explains that he does not encourage the use of cannabis, but it is better than drug trafficking.
Jose acknowledges that regulation is a good option for Cannabis. The state can produce good quality product for cheap prices for its citizens. Regulation can mean it is easier to see when someone is becoming dependant on cannabis. This allows for people to be offered professional help to tackle their dependancy. Regulation of recreational cannabis in Uruguay will not shut down the black market. However, it could have a major impact making it increasingly difficult for the underground businesses to function as the economical root of drug trafficking is disturbed.
It would appear that Uraguay have acted as a social laboratory in which the rest of the world could potentially learn from. Personally, after watching the above video and thus learning more about Uruguays recreational cannabis legalization system, I would without-a-doubt conclude to be in favour of this. A well thought-out procedure all around.