It happened.

Finally, a nation legalizes pot

Pure and simple:

Today, Uruguay became the first nation to make recreational marijuana legal for adults and to regulate its production, distribution and sale.

bullet image Update: here’s a nice infographic on how legalization is structured in Uruguay.

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20 Responses to Uruguay

  1. Daniel Williams says:


  2. N.T. Greene says:

    I wonder what the headlines will be like…

    “The Joint Rolled ‘Round the World” ain’t half bad.

    I’m guessing the media is going to run, run, run and hide from this while the internet spreads it broadly.

  3. Duncan20903 says:


    Oh no! Señor Mujica has made the United Nations very, very angry!! Now they’re going to write him a letter telling him that he has made them very, very angry!!! I hope that Señor Mujica is ready for a visit from Hans Blix!!!!

    Now Kim Jong-il knew how to deal with the U.N.

    Fuck you Hans Brix!!!!

    OK, who had Uruguay in the betting pool…let me check the record…umm…ummm…hmmmm…oh god bless us all, the winner is the wiggle dude. Actually that seems to make sense because nobody in their right mind would have predicted that Uruguay would be the first country to re-legalize.

    Humor aside, why doesn’t North Korea count? Is it just because they never criminalized cannabis so they can’t be the first country to re-legalize?

  4. Jeff Trigg says:

    Could I live in Uruguay? I’m willing to vote with my feet, just wish I was able.

    Its good to see some sanity in the world. Too much crazy out there, especially here in the US with both crazy, dominant parties wanting to lock humans in cages for cannabis possession.

    • Duncan20903 says:


      You need to prove that you have an income of $750 per month to establish permanent residence. From what I’ve read they have a very laissez faire attitude towards immigrants. No foaming at the mouth demand for building an absurdly expensive fence on the borders to keep out the Brazilians, the Argentinians and the penguins. Residency gets you equal status to that of their citizens.

      The Oriental Republic of Uruguay appears to be a very nice place to live.

  5. curmudgeon says:

    Bravo! Uruguay is first, who’s next?

  6. claygooding says:

    Morocco is my bet on next,,they have some excellent hash they have been producing for centuries.

  7. Nunavut Tripper says:

    “It’s a country where the president, 78-year-old former Tupamaro guerrilla Mujica, lives an austere lifestyle after having spent 14 years as a political prisoner during Uruguay’s dictatorship, 10 of them in solitary confinement. He donates 90% of his salary to charity, shuns the presidential palace and chooses instead to remain on his farm with his wife, also a former political prisoner, working to construct a more fair, more inclusive Uruguay.”

    Mujica has experienced the horrors of the prison system which gives him a much different perspective than most of our politicians who grew up with a silver spoon in their mouths.

    • Duncan20903 says:

      It appears that he’s got a very sensible attitude to religion as well. I read this morning that he’s a devout atheist.

  8. claygooding says:

    The article is not being suppressed,,it is on every major news outlet with very little pot humor,,the UPI story has an ad for real estate and information on moving to Uruguay,,anyone remember being 20 and adventuresome?

    • Duncan20903 says:


      Adventuresome? I’ve been thinking that I wouldn’t have so damn many adventures if I moved there. Heck, I could even afford household servants if I became a Uruguayan. I’ve always wanted to have a majordomo. Mr. French was one of my favorite TV characters when I was a wee lad. I also liked Mrs. Livingston on The Courtship of Eddie’s Father so I might enjoy living in the Orient.

  9. darkcycle says:

    It was bound to happen, and soon. Glad it did, but Uruguay? Okay, somebody had to go first.
    Bust out that prize, Wiggles, you gotta share.

  10. Duncan20903 says:

    So here’s a picture of a crowd of successful cannabis law reform advocates in front of the Uruguayan Senate: Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!

  11. thelbert says:

    at least in one aspect Uruguay has more freedom than the rest of the world. this is a good selling point to people who love liberty. the value of the dirt increases when you can legally grow some of the best medicine there is. and live longer by doing so.

  12. Windy says:

    I really do NOT understand the rule that it is not to be consumed in public (including, in WA law, on one’s own front porch, could also be interpreted to mean not even in one’s private backyard if planes/choppers/drones flying over can see it being consumed).

    Alcohol is a legal drug that is consumed in public and in privately owned bars and restaurants, coffee, chocolate, and even prescription and OTC meds are legal drugs which are frequently consumed in public (even in places where alcohol is not allowed); so why this extra regulation on pot (the safest drug of all those which are consumed in public, as well as the one drug which does NOT make instant assholes of users)?

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