Uruguay the New Amsterdam?
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Submitted 24-06-12 18:38
Authorities in Uruguay are planning to provide cannabis legally to adults in a bold move to tackle escalating crime rates caused by drug prohibition in the South American country.
"We believe that the prohibition of certain drugs is creating more problems for society than the drugs themselves . . . with disastrous consequences," Defence Minister Eleuterio Fernandez Huidobro said in a statement announcing the new scheme.
"Homicides related to settling scores have increased, and that's a clear sign that certain phenomena are appearing in Uruguay that didn't exist before," he added (BBC: http://bbc.in/LELbhv )
Details of the planned legislation emerged just as Daily Telegraph columnist
James Delingpole called for drug legalisation in the UK, pointing out the absurdity of current drug laws.
“After all, if every young man who had dabbled with drugs had felt the fullest penalty of the law, then David Cameron would not be prime minister nor Barack Obama US president,” he noted. (Telegraph: http://bit.ly/NQbBxd )
British drugs expert Steve Rolles also cited British Prime Minister David Cameron’s behavior in a fresh call for legalization this week, pointing out that “the ‘war on drugs’ has created a sprawling international illicit trade controlled by violent criminal entrepreneurs.”
“It is worth remembering that the last time parliament tackled this thorny issue back in 2002, back bencher David Cameron supported the recommendation that “the government initiates a discussion within the commission on narcotic drugs of alternative ways - including the possibility of legalisation and regulation - to tackle the global drugs dilemma”,” he told Politics.co.uk (http://bit.ly/Liv0ac )
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