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Country of the Year

The Economist

But the accomplishments that most deserve commendation, we think, are path-breaking reforms that do not merely improve a single nation but, if emulated, might benefit the world. Gay marriage is one such border-crossing policy, which has increased the global sum of human happiness at no financial cost. Several countries have implemented it in 2013—including Uruguay, which also, uniquely, passed a law to legalise and regulate the production, sale and consumption of cannabis. This is a change so obviously sensible, squeezing out the crooks and allowing the authorities to concentrate on graver crimes, that no other country has made it. If others followed suit, and other narcotics were included, the damage such drugs wreak on the world would be drastically reduced.

[…] Uruguay is our country of the year. ¡Felicitaciones!

Excellent choice.

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23 comments to Country of the Year

  • NorCalNative

    The comments section of this article is filled with folks from Uruguay speaking out in favor or disgust about the new policy.

    Very interesting comments worth checking out.

    Hat Tip to Colorado and Washington State for giving Uruguay political cover. I sincerely doubt that Uruguay would have chosen this path without the ground-breaking efforts of two U.S. states.

  • N.T. Greene

    CLANG!

    WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT?

    because this sort of thing isn’t a big deal and an obvious call out of everyone who doesn’t endorse it.

  • claygooding

    I think a Nobel Peace Prize for the entire country is in order,,if those same voices in Uruguay continue protesting as the world shifts over into a legal market for marijuana I would be very surprised.
    And I think a lot of the loudest protesters are the dealers and growers already knee deep in the green market,,marijuana crops feed a lot of people around the world.

  • Crut

    OT: Obama commuting sentences for 8 Crack Cocaine cases.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/20/us/obama-commuting-sentences-in-crack-cocaine-cases.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&_r=1&

    Another brick has fallen to the floor…

    • DdC

      I see no difference between fraud in bilking the government tax funds with lies and miss representation or bilking the government tax funding grants to lie and misrepresent the government legislators and the people. Both take funds from those who need it and don’t lie and cheat. Calvina the Welfare Queen.

      Who’s Funding Calvina Fay of Drug Free America Foundation?
      democraticunderground forum

      If you look at guidestar.org, the organizations 2003 Form 990 is online… shows close to $1.2 million in receipts for 2003, of which about $900k was government grants.

      Fiscal Year Starting: Oct 01, 2011
      Fiscal Year Ending: Sep 30, 2012
      Total Revenue $935,525
      Total Expenses $826,900

      ” The treatment modality popularized under that Straight trademark and sometimes called “Therapeutic Communities”, is neither therapeutic nor conducive to community building. It was not invented by Art Barker, nor even by Chuck Dederich. It is an implementation of thought reform techniques borrowed from Korean POW camps. And this was well known to and carefully hidden from public view by the founders of that program. Under NO circumstances should any person be subjected to this kind of treatment, most especially not by force of law.”

  • Servetus

    If Uruguay decides to go Dutch and offer cannabis in coffee shops to non-locals, then Montevideo is well situated immediately across the Samborombón Bay from Buenos Aires to draw a huge business. Talk about a tourist opportunity.

    Also, Uruguay looks like a great retirement spot. It’s low cost and it doesn’t have the petty property crime Costa Rica does. Good things are likely to come to Uruguay as a result of the government’s decision to opt out of marijuana tyranny. Other small countries will want to emulate their human rights example.

    • claygooding

      Too far south,,cold ass winters with short grow cycles,,equivalent to living in N. Central Canada or southern tip of Alaska.

      Just typo’d Cannada,,how long until we see that happen?

  • allan

    Uruguay, the first country operating under Prohibition’s regime to flip the drug war the finger. Salud!

    My dad was a bit of a smart ass, he loved pulling legs. One of his favorite toasts (no matter the occasion) was to get everyone’s attention w/ a somber gaze, raise his glass and dramatically say, “manu, too-e ahsa sopu.”

    Folks would ask what it means and Sig never disclosed the translation. (Manu Tuiasasopu was a linebacker for the 49ers)

    And I swear he knew every waitress that waited on him when we were together. He always claimed it was because they went to different schools together.

    Miss ya pops.

  • strayan

    Off the scale insane from DuPont (just a small excerpt of crazy):

    “Drugs of abuse, including marijuana, target the brain’s reward system more intensely than natural pleasures such as food and sex. Drugs are addicting not because users experience withdrawal when they stop using them, but because they produce a brain reward that the once-addicted brain never forgets. That is why relapses to drug use are so common long after all withdrawal symptoms have passed.”

    I love how he attempts to reinforce this artificial distinction between ‘drugs of abuse’ and natural pleasures like ‘food’.

    • DdC

      I’d have to say by that Dupedon is addicted to the pleasure of making life miserable for citizens enjoying cannabis, food and sex. He also likes to play with people’s pee.

      The Official Story Debunking “Gutter Science”

      Urine Testing Company

      After his resignation, Turner joined with Robert DuPont and former head of NIDA, Peter Bensinger, to corner the market on urine testing. They contracted as advisors to 250 of the largest corporations to develop drug diversion, detection, and urine testing programs.

      Drug legalization threatens public health and safety
      By Robert DuPont The Daily Star December 20, 2013

      All of these profiteering maggots should be in jail, not allowed to write gossip for more profits and the expense of American lives. No different than Manson, child molesters or pervert Priests or any mass murderer. That is the result of his lies. Murdered Americans.

      Calvina Fay Prohibition Inc.

      ☛Calvina Fay is the Executive Director of Drug Free America Foundation and Save Our Society From Drugs (S.O.S.) From 1976-1985 it was known as Straight, Inc. and had a reputation for abusing kids as a drug rehabilitation program.

      ☛The Drug Free America Foundation’s perpetually panic-stricken director Calvina Fay gave a speech at the World Forum Against Drugs that was so over-the-top crazy,

      ☛Who’s Funding Calvina Fay of Drug Free America Foundation?
      $1.2 million in receipts for 2003, of which about $900k was government grants.

      ☛Peter McWilliams, died in his home, asphyxiated on vomit, for lack of medical marijuana.

      ☛Tom Crosslin – Nov. 10, 1954 – Sept. 3, 2001
      ☛Rollie Rohm – Dec. 27, 1972 – Sept. 4, 2001

      ☛Deaths of children in private and government-run programs and institutions current and archived news reports

      ☛At least 10 children have lost their lives as a result of their participation in a wilderness therapy program (AKA “Brat Camps”) who failed them in the worst way imaginable. These are their stories as told through media reports, opinion and commentary.

      A Drug Warmongers Toll on Americans

      “Several generations of high school students have grown up ignoring and disbelieving everything they’ve heard from government and police about drugs, including information that was factual and valid, because they discovered for themselves that most of what has been taught to them was simply not true.”
      Ann Shulgin, PhD, Therapist and Author, Lafayette, CA,
      at the DPF Conference, November 1996

    • N.T. Greene

      Some drugs might make sex… more enjoyable, but I know I would rather have sex than smoke weed… assuming, of course, a choice has to be made at all.

      …and does that mean that because I enjoy something I’m addicted? Oh fuck, time to cancel that Netflix subscription. I’ll be itching for my fix if I don’t…

  • Duncan20903

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    People are forever buttonholing me and demanding that I tell them why the typical sycophant of prohibition is dumber than a sack of dog turds. Unfortunately the words needed to accurately answer the question just haven’t yet been invented. This one is from the “there’s just no such thing as being too stupid to live” category:

    2 Teens Burned, Hit With Serious Charges In Alleged Marijuana ‘Wax’ Production
    Police: Teens Used Butane To Raise Potency Of Pot, Caused Explosion
    December 18, 2013

    /snip/
    They were soaking marijuana in butane to create the “wax” in a garage, and one of them lit a cigarette and caused the explosion, according to a New York Daily News report.

    They had filled a 30-gallon tub with marijuana and poured butane on it, the newspaper reported.

    Substance abuse counselors said what happened her should make people wake up to the dangers of both making and manufacturing the ever-more potent drug.

    The color and gooey consistency of the drug why it is called “earwax hash” or “earwax marijuana” but also “dabs,” “honey oil,” or “butter.”

    Butane gas is applied and then evaporates, leaving 90 percent potency of tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly known as THC.

    By comparison, some common forms of marijuana have a top potency of 20 percent.

    “We’re now seeing reports of people showing in ERs overdosing,” said Sue Rusche, president of National Families in Action.”
    /snip/

    It really takes (talent?) to be the stupidest person in an article about two young men who blew up their garage making BHO by lighting a cigarette. But darned if not just one, but two living breathing people managed to make that happen.

    “Never let the facts get in the way of disseminating an effective piece of hysterical rhetoric”
    ~~ The motto of the Know Nothing prohibitch