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Final Uruguay Marijuana Legalization Vote Set for Next Week

It looks like the fat lady is about to sing. According to the Drug Policy Alliance, which has an operative in Montevideo, the Uruguayan Senate will vote next week, most likely next Tuesday, on the pending bill to legalize marijuana commerce. That's the final vote.

The bill is sponsored by the government and has already passed the House on a 50-46 vote in July. Once approved in the Senate, the government will have 120 to write regulations before the law goes into effect.

Once the law goes into effect, Uruguay will have become the first country on the planet to break the global prohibitionist consensus embodied in the 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and subsequent treaties when it comes to marijuana legalization.

The Dutch have long allowed limited retail sales, but they remain formally illegal, and the supply remains criminalized, and other countries have decriminalized possession, but not taken the next step. Two US states have taken the next step, but marijuana commerce remains illegal under federal law.

If things go as planned, December 10, 2013, could be a day for the history books.

Location: 
Montevideo
Uruguay
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correction

Uruguay will be the first on the planet to go against the single treaty convention since it is a signatory to that treaty. But it is not the first country to go against prohibition. North Korea never signed that treaty and never had to, unlike Uruguay, go against the single treaty convention. Marijuana has always been legal in the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea. Sorry if this destroys any anti-communist fantasies that all communist countries must be bad guys on the marijuana issue. Cuba, however is communist and is a bad guy not because its communist but because marijuana is illegal in Cuba. 

Beginning of the end

The drug war is finally starting to come apart. 

Canada will be next.

...And the fat lady will sing

...And the fat lady will sing on a high note.

Bravo!

Glad to see this

It's great to see countries finally standing up and making progress towards legalizing marijuana. It's been inevitable for awhile, and it's ridiculous that so much of the world is still doing its best to procrastinate on it. 

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finally some right noises and great decisions. i think it should be legalized. i dont use it but it cant harm you like alcohol then why not?

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