8 August 2012 – Bill for the legal cultivation of marijuana

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The Uruguayan government is tabling a bill in Congress for the legal cultivation of marijuana, as well as the state-regulated sale and distribution of the drug. The bill sponsored by President José Mujica also contemplates state control of the importation and acquisition of marijuana and the establishment of a registry of buyers. The declared goal of the initiative is to separate legal drugs from illegal drugs on the market as a means of reducing the consumption of more harmful substances. The bill forms part of a package of measures to combat violent crime and drug trafficking.