Uruguayan president defends new drug policySunday, December 15, 2013
Mujica blasts UN Official Raymond Yans over marijuana law
MONTEVIDEO — Uruguayan President José Mujica criticized on Friday Raymond Yans, President of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) of the United Nations for his stance on Uruguay’s recent legislation permitting the production, sale and consumption of marijuana. The law has been fiercely debated in Uruguay and has been implemented on a trial basis to see if it will help reduce drug-trafficking through Uruguay.
Yans had previously questioned
the assumption that the law would help to reduce crime rates and that it would lead to more cannabis addiction in Uruguay, in addition to violating international agreements on
narcotics that Uruguay has ratified. In a press communiqué released earlier this week, Yans declared that he was “surprised that a legislative body that has endorsed an international law and agreements, and a Government that is an active partner in international cooperation and in the maintenance of the international rule of law, knowingly decided to break the universally agreed and internationally endorsed legal provisions of the treaty.”
The INCB statement added that the best policy tools were to promote prevention of drug consumption rather than legalisation.
Mujica responded in typical bombastic fashion by calling Yans “two-faced” and “refusing to speak in diplomatic language...because on an intellectual basis such statements deserve that characterisation.”
The Uruguayan president defended the legislation and pointed out that the United States currently permits medical marijuana without any problem, calling the INCB officials “reactionaries.”
The new legislation prevents the
sale of cannabis to minors under 18 years of age and is only open to residents of Uruguay who have previously been registered.
Herald with Télam