Uruguay is planning a radical approach to the legalisation of marijuana by proposing the sale of the drug be controlled by the state.
In a world first, the government said it would control the production, distribution and commercialisation of marijuana.
Under the proposed plans, the state would sell marijuana to citizens, who would have to register on a database. It would also impose a maximum of ‘marijuana cigarettes’ that can be consumed – reported to be 40 per month.
Those who exceed that consumption level will be sent to rehabilitation centres, to be financed by the government with taxes from marijuana sales.
Defending criticism of the announcement, José Mujica, the Uruguayanpresident, told a Brazilian newspaper: “Uruguay is not proposing a legalisation that allows anybody to go to a shop and buy the amount of marijuana that he likes. The state will control quality, quantity and price.
“And if somebody buys 20 marijuana cigarettes, he will have to smoke them. He won’t be able to sell them.”