Wed Dec 25, 2013, 08:18 PM
RainDog (27,080 posts)
Uruguay's neighbors now considering legalization of pot
cross post from here to have in the drug policy forum - http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014681139
The taboo is broken: Argentina's new anti-drug czar says the country ‘deserves’ the debate, while Chile's new president could ease marijuana laws.
Argentina has given the first sign that Uruguay’s groundbreaking cannabis reform just may have started a domino effect across Latin America.
Following the momentous vote by its smaller neighbor’s senate this month — making it the first nation in the world to completely legalize the soft drug — Argentina’s anti-drug czar Juan Carlos Molina has called for a public discussion in his country about emulating the measure.
His comments are the clearest sign yet that Uruguay’s strategy — aimed at breaking the link between the lucrative marijuana trade and organized crime — has kicked off a trend in a region that long ago wearied of the bloodshed, expense and failed results of Washington’s “war on drugs.”
Some 70 percent of all women in Latin American jails are there for drug offenses, according to a recent report by the International Drug Policy Consortium. Many of them were convicted for acting as mules to transport forbidden substances clandestinely, including the dangerous practice of hiding their illicit cargo in their own bodies.
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Wed Dec 25, 2013, 08:43 PM
Warpy (74,847 posts)
1. Good, I hope they all shake off the shackles of the failed war on drugs
I hope the sky doesn't fall, their economies boom, and they act as a lesson to this country that the war on drugs is not only doomed to failure, it's also holding the country back, no matter how useful it's been to the rich men at the top to institute totalitarianism at the bottom.
It doesn't work, it never worked, it won't work. End it.