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More than 20 companies bid to supply legal pot in Uruguay

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – A total of 22 companies have submitted bids to supply marijuana under a law making Uruguay the first country to legalize production, sale and distribution of the drug, the government said Thursday.

Eight of them are Uruguayan, 10 are foreign and the rest are joint ventures, said the newly created Institute for the Regulation and Control of Cannabis.

Their product will be sold in pharmacies under the groundbreaking law approved in December.

The law’s mastermind, former leftist guerrilla President José Mujica, says it is a way to circumvent traffickers and stop wasting resources in fighting them.

Heavily criticized by the United Nations’ International Narcotics Control Board, Uruguay’s marijuana experiment is being closely followed by countries eager to find an alternative to the expensive and violent “war on drugs” spearheaded by the United States.

The Uruguayan government now has 15 days to choose up to five of the bidding companies.

They will receive a license for up to five years to produce up to two metric tons of pot per year for sale in pharmacies.

The marijuana will be grown on government-owned land in southwest San José department.

The law passed in December made this traditionally conservative and Catholic country the first in the world in which the government will regulate production, sale and distribution of marijuana.

The law also allows people to grow their own pot if they register with the government. That process began Wednesday and so far 54 people have signed up.

Yet another way for people to get pot is to join a club that distributes it. These associations are to start registration is about 10 days.

The sale of marijuana in pharmacies is scheduled to begin early next year.

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Brian Kelly

In the prohibitionist’s world, anybody who consumes the slightest amount of marijuana responsibly in the privacy of their own homes are “stoners” and “dopers” that need to be incarcerated in order to to protect society.

In their world, any marijuana use equates to marijuana abuse, and it is their God given duty to worry about “saving us all” from the “evils” of marijuana use.

Who are they to tell us we can’t choose marijuana, the safer choice instead of alcohol for relaxation, after a long, hard day, in the privacy of our own homes?

People who use marijuana are smart, honest, hard working, educated, and successful people too, who “follow the law” also.(except for their marijuana consumption under it’s current prohibition of course) .

Not the stereotypical live at home losers prohibitionists make us out to be. We are doctors, lawyers, professors, movie stars, and politicians too.

Several Presidents of The United States themselves, along with Justin Trudeau, Bill Gates, and Carl Sagan have all confessed to their marijuana use. As have a long and extensive list of successful people throughout history at one point or other in their lives.

Although, that doesn’t mean a damned thing to people who will make comments like “dopers” and “stoners” about anybody who uses the slightest amount of Marijuana although it is way safer than alcohol.

To these people any use equals abuse, and that is really ignorant and full of hypocrisy. While our society promotes, glorifies, and advertises alcohol consumption like it’s an All American pastime.

There is nothing worse about relaxing with a little marijuana after a long, hard day, than having a drink or two of alcohol.

So come off those high horses of yours. Who are you to dictate to the rest of society that we can’t enjoy Marijuana, the safer choice over alcohol, in the privacy of our own homes?

We’ve worked real hard our whole lives to provide for our loved ones. We don’t appreciate prohibitionists trying to impose their will and morals upon us all.

Has a marijuana user ever tried to force you to use it? Probably not. So nobody has the right to force us not to either.

Don’t try to impose your morality and “clean living” upon all of us with Draconian Marijuana Laws, and we won’t think you’re such prohibitionist hypocrites.

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