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British MPs After Year-Long Study: Legalize Cannabis

Posted on  December 11, 2012 by  News Admin

 Senior MPs in the Parliament of the United Kingdom, after a year-long study, on Monday called for the legalization of cannabis. According to the Ministers, the U.K.'s current approach just isn't working. The recommendation, called  "shock verdict" by Kevin Schofield at The Sun, came in a report from Parliament's Home Affairs Committee. The move came after a year-long investigation which included witnesses such as comedian and former heroin addict Russell Brand, who called for simple drug possession to no longer be considered a crime. "Penalizing people for possession of drugs is expensive," Brand told the MPs back in April. "The cost would be better spent, I think, on education and treatment. "Making it illegal isn't working anyway," Brand said. " Being arrested isn't a lesson; it's an administrative blip." "Prohibition has created a vast market for organized crime, has failed to protect our children and is bringing misery to deprived communities," agreed Danny Kushlick of the drug legalization group Transform. The committee urged Prime Minister David Cameron to set up a Royal Commission to look at all options and report back before the next election. According to the group, the British government should fund research into "the overall costs and benefits of cannabis legalization," and how similar plans have worked abroad. The Brits will no doubt be looking at the unfolding story in the American states of Washington and Colorado, where voters last month approved limited legalization schemes for adults. The MPs were reportedly impressed by how well drug decriminalization...

Uruguay's Marijuana Legalization Proposal Sent To Parliament

Posted on  August 15, 2012 by  News Admin

  Law Would Make Uruguay First Government In World To Legally Supply Marijuana  The president of Uruguay on Wednesday submitted a proposal to Parliament to legalize marijuana under government-controlled regulation and sale, making it the first country in the world where the state would sell marijuana directly to its citizens. The proposal, signed by Uruguayan President José Mujica, is part of a package of measures aimed at fighting crime and requires parliamentary approval before being enacted. Despite Uruguay being one of the safest countries in Latin America, it has faced an increase in crime from drug gangs due to its position on a drug transit route to Europe via West Africa. The aim of the measure is to combat the rising insecurity in Uruguay by removing the profits of marijuana sales from drug gangs, separating the marijuana market from those for other illegal drugs, and avoiding marijuana users' exposure to drug dealers who also sell coca paste and cocaine. Additionally, the revenues from marijuana sales will be invested into treatment for "problem" drug users. The single article of the proposal states that the government "will assume the control and the regulation of the activities of importation, production, acquisition of any title, storage, marketing, and distribution of marijuana and its derivatives" and that these activities "must be exclusively realized in the framework of a harm reduction policy." "With this bold proposal, President Mujica is taking a key leadership role in the drug policy reform debate," said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of...