“…Uruguay – in a bid to curb a narcotics-fuelled violent crimewave across the country – has unveiled plans to nationalise its cannabis market -
- and become the first government in the world to sell the soft drug to consumers.
The measure is aimed at both reducing the rising power of drug gangs and the growing number of users of crack and freebase cocaine in what has traditionally been one of Latin America’s most peaceful nations.
“We want to fight two different things: one is the consumption of drugs – and the other is the trafficking of drugs,” said the Defence Minister Eleuterio Fernández Huidobro.
“We believe that the prohibition of certain drugs is creating more problems in society than the drug itself…”
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