21 June 2012 – Government wants to permit marijuana

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The Uruguayan government wants to permit the state-controlled sale of marijuana. “We believe that the prohibition of certain drugs causes more problems for society than the drugs themselves, with disastrous consequences,” Defence Minister Eleuterio Fernández Huidobro told journalists. The goal of the plan is “strict government control over the sale and production” of cannabis. This initiative is part of a package of measures proposed by the government to combat violent crime.