Uruguay takes ‘war on drugs’ in new direction: state monopoly over the production and distribution of marijuana

Uruguay has long been at the vanguard of social reform in Latin America. Today, it is on the verge of passing into law one of its most radical ideas yet.

The Broad Front – the center-left coalition that holds power – is proposing a state monopoly over the production and distribution of marijuana, making Uruguay the first national government to sell cannabis directly to citizens. The government says the measure is necessary to combat rising drug-related crime, decrease health risks for users, and counter ineffective US policies on drugs. But within Uruguay, interest groups have labeled the legislation totalitarian, while some international bodies argue it breaches global conventions.  More »

What The People Want: Abolishment of the TSA and Marijuana Legalization

Earlier this month, the White House launched “We The People“, a website for submitting petitions to the prez (a right guaranteed by the First Amendment). Per Obama’s pledge to make the government more open and accountable, the site will provide “a new way to petition the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country,” according to Whitehouse.gov. “If a petition gets enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.”

At this point, “enough support” = 5,000 signatures in 30 days. If you have a petition that gets the attention of a community like Reddit, that’s pretty easy to achieve, meaning the White House is going to need to tell people why marijuana hasn’t been legalized and why the TSA hasn’t been abolished.  More »

Marijuana Farming Is Lucrative Business in California, but Who’s Profiting?

National Drug Report Shows Increase In Marijuana Use

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released its annual report on illicit drug usage today, showing a sharp decline in methamphetamine use, but an upturn in marijuana consumption.

The report, which analyzes survey data collected last year, showed an uptick in the percentage of marijuana users. In fact, the percentage of Americans who admitted to regular illicit drug use increased for most age groups from 2009 (see graph below).

According to USA Today, marijuana is also the most widely used illicit drug, with 6.9 percent of the population admitting to regular use. The reason for its increased prevalence may also be attributed to the increasing number of states that have approved its consumption for medical purposes.  More »

DC Approves More Than 50 To Apply for MMJ Licenses

Washington, DC — Any one of these people could soon be your pot supplier: a former daytime TV talk show host, a competitive bass fisherman, a billionaire’s son or a Chinatown businessman.

More than a year after medical marijuana became legal in the District, the competition to secure one of the 15 licenses to grow or sell cannabis is finally underway. This week, the D.C. Department of Health is slated to name more than 50 contenders that have been greenlighted to apply. The District plans to announce the winners in January.  More »

Legalize Marijuana, Reduce National Debt

Let me preface this by saying this, I am in no way an admission or advocation of illicit drug use, but come on guys, just legalize it already.

From a purely economic standpoint, the legalization of marijuana could drastically help us reduce the national debt and it is a growing market that will bring in more and more profit throughout the years.

Harvard economics professor Jeffery Miron said that replacing the current prohibition with a system of taxation and regulation would save the U.S. $7.7 billion a year in State and Federal costs of maintaining prohibition.  More »

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