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Uruguay: No Marijuana Tourism Under Legalization Plan

Posted on  September 11, 2012 by  News Admin

 Aw, man! If Uruguay's parliament approves a historic plan to legalize marijuana, drug tourism will not be allowed in the South American nation, President Jose Mujica said on Wednesday. The plan, under which Uruguay would sell marijuana to its citizens, will require people to prove they are Uruguayan before scoring any weed, Mujica told Agence France Presse (AFP). The legalization bill -- the first complete legalization in the world, as opposed to decriminalization of "tolerance" as practiced in places like the Netherlands and Portugal -- "is to resolve a problem that we ourselves have," President Mujica said. "We are not going to accept consumer tourism," he said. The legislation, proposed in June and sent to parliament in August, has not yet been approved. According to President Mujica, the idea is to take at least some of the cannabis trade away from black market traffickers and treat consumers as sick people rather than as criminals. Drug trafficking has gotten so bad in Uruguay -- a small nation bordering Brazil and Argentina -- that, for the first time here, rival drug gangs are settling scores by killing each other, according to Mujica. The bill won't do away with Uruguay's "drug problem," the president said, nor does it mean the government wants people to smoke dope. But "we feel that putting it above board, regulating it, can be a lesser evil than what is happening today," he explained. People who buy marijuana from Uruguay's state health care system would have to identify themselves....