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Wed
05
Aug

Uruguay tries to hang on to its buzz

When Uruguay became the first country to legalise cannabis two years ago under the leadership of the eccentric former guerrilla, José “Pepe” Mujica, the world took notice of this tiny republic that was once just another province of what is today Argentina.

Long known as the Switzerland of South America and as a reliable centre for offshore banking, Uruguay’s sober reputation as the most stable democracy in a region better known for its extravagance and volatility was shaken up by Mr Mujica, whose nonconformism and outlandish remarks frequently raised eyebrows.

Tue
04
Aug

Uruguay tries to hang on to its buzz

The new government wants to marry the cutting edge with the conservative

When Uruguay became the first country to legalise cannabis two years ago under the leadership of the eccentric former guerrilla, José “Pepe” Mujica, the world took notice of this tiny republic that was once just another province of what is today Argentina.

Thu
23
Jul

10 countries' marijuana laws explained

Marijuana decriminalization and legalization initiatives are not only sweeping through the U.S. — countries across the world are beginning to signal the green light for cannabis policy reform.

Here are 10 countries where lawmakers and public sentiment are changing the tide on cannabis policy.

1. Jamaica

Jamaica — home to the Rastafarian movement — recently joined the list of countries to decriminalize marijuana, and this year it will be hosting the World Cannabis Cup in Negril Nov. 12-15.

Fri
17
Jul

Cannabis smokers left high and dry

Uruguay made history when it legalised the sale of marijuana but its progressive policy has led to distrust and police harrassment.

In the back room of a store in the Uruguayan capital, connoisseurs pore over boxes of Ziploc bags containing seven varieties of marijuana, with names like Amnesia, Chocolope, Tangie and Sour Power.

The stash belongs to members of the 420 Cannabis Club, who are collecting their monthly allowance of 40g while the next harvest basks in the orange glow of sun lamps in a ventilated room upstairs.

Thu
16
Jul

How we could harness medical marijuana for pain relief without the side effects

Experts and society are divided on the benefits and subsequent legalisation of medical marijuana.

In North America alone there is deep division with half the statesand Canada legalising medical marijuana while the other half refuses. In the UK it is not legal to use medical marijuana, but ironically the UK is home to the most successful cannabis extract company in GW Pharmaceuticals, who have a product on the market that includes a mixture of cannabis extracts.  The success of the company and for the patients it treats strongly suggests the issue might need to be revisited, and at least more research performed on exploiting the possibilities.

Tue
14
Jul

Uruguay cannabis market still struggles for legitimacy a year after historic ruling

The South American country became the first ever to legalize the sale of marijuana in May 2014 but regulatory bodies, police and pharmacies have yet to catch up with home growers and their steady clientele

In the back room of a store in the Uruguayan capital, connoisseurs pore over boxes of Ziploc bags containing seven varieties of marijuana, with names like “amnesia,” “chocolope”, “tangie” and “sour power”.

The stash belongs to members of the 420 Cannabis Club, who are collecting their monthly allowance of 40 grams, while the next harvest basks in the orange glow of sun lamps in a ventilated room upstairs.

Thu
09
Jul

Uruguay Calls For Global Drug Policy To Emphasize Human Rights

Uruguay’s National Drug Board released a report to the High Commissioner of Human Rights of the United Nations on shifting drug policy toward a human rights perspective.

The initiative [PDF], proposed on the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, consists of 10 guidelines. One point decriminalizes drug use and ends the death penalty for it. Another point emphasizes respect for different cultures and plans to reduce drug use.

Mon
06
Jul

Uruguay's marijuana experiment is evaporating

DENVER, Colo. — It’s been more than 18 months since the tiny South American country of Uruguay legalized the cultivation, taxation and sale of recreational marijuana.

The most striking element of Uruguay’s legislation is that the government has pledged to hire companies to cultivate its own marijuana, which will then be sold to the public in pharmacies.

Fri
26
Jun

Uruguay again planted marijuana in the face of the United Nations

The government will defend the United Nations (UN) policy to combat drug trafficking. The National Drug Board shall report to the High Commissioner for Human Rights UN in which he defends, among other things, market regulation of marijuana despite repeated criticism from the international organization

"Uruguay has embarked on a different path. And we have not only proposed concrete measures but have also made them effective in a different sense," said the deputy secretary of the Presidency and President of the National Drug Board (JND), Juan Andrés Roballo. "In Uruguay we are watching very closely internationally. And locally we have a special commitment," he added.

Fri
26
Jun

So the first "cannabis club" of Uruguay works

The rule legalizing cannabis in Uruguay starts running. While details are being finalized for the state to produce their own marijuana for sale in pharmacies, in recent weeks, the government authorized the legal operation of the first cannabis club in the country.

CNN had access exclusively to the first club to see how it works.

For Martin and Diego growing their own marijuana to smoke in their own club is a dream come true.

"It's a great relief. See it is working and everything is going well not for clubs and growers," says Martin Gaibisso, president of the Club Cannabico El Piso.

His club was the first approved by the Uruguayan authorities, after a year of negotiations and preparations.

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