November 23, 2014
Berni: Anti-drugs policies must be thought 'regionally'
With Uruguay officially becoming today the first Latin American country to legalise marijuana trade, the National Security Secretary praised the José “Pepe” Mujica administration for getting the debate on drug liberalisation started.
“There is no experience of that kind and it is rush to give an opinion without the results. It is a country that has dared to make a strong and profound decision. We hope it to be very successful; we have to continue discussing because anti-drugs policies must not be (carried out by) a single country but regionally,” the official told reporters today.
On Tuesday, the South American country turned into the first regional nation to allow the growing, sale and smoking of marijuana following the implementation of a law passed earlier this year.
Cannabis consumers will be able to buy a maximum of 40 grams (1.4 ounces) each month from licensed pharmacies as long as they are Uruguayan residents over the age of 18 and registered on a government database that will monitor their monthly purchases. Uruguayans will be able to grow six marijuana plants in their homes a year, or as much as 480 grams (about 17 ounces), and form smoking clubs of 15 to 45 members that can grow up to 99 plants per year.