The Uruguayan President, José Mujica, indicated that the country wants to make a “contribution to humanity” as being the pioneer in legalizing marijuana, and admitted that if their plan doesn’t work he is willing to turn back the clock.
“This is an experiment, and like all experiments has its risks, and we must have the intelligence to go back if it does not work and gets out of control. Lets not be fanatics”, said Mujica during an interview with AFP.
Last week, Uruguay approved in the Chamber of Deputies a draft tif it is ratified in the Senate will turn the Uruguayan State in the first country in the world to take control of the entire process of production and sale of marijuana.
Consumers who register could buy up to 40 grams of cannabis per month in pharmacies, produced in licensed plantations, but also allows the self-cultivation and the growing only in membership clubs.
“We don’t want to leave that market to drug trafficking”, said Mujica, stressing that the goal is not a total liberalization of cannabis but to be controlled by the State, and stressed that the Government plans to toughen prison sentences for those who cultivate marijuana without being registered.