Marijuana Legalization Passes Big Political Test in Uruguay
Marijuana legalization in Uruguay should proceed as planned. On Sunday marijuana reform survived its biggest political threat when Tabare Vazquez easily won the Presidential election by beating Luis Lacalle Pou in the run off.
Tabare Vazquez is a member of the ruling Broad Front coalition, which pushed through the legalization law a year ago. He intends to continue to move forward with the plan to produce and sell marijuana through a government-run program.
On the other hand if Luis Lacalle Pou had won he would have tried to roll back many of the important provisions in the new legalization law.
This is not only a big deal for Uruguay but has significant implications for marijuana reform efforts around the world. Once the law is fully implemented in Uruguay it will provide an important example for politicians across the globe. It will not only show that countries can legalize marijuana but provide important insight into what is the best way to regulate marijuana.
The two states that currently have adult use marijuana stores both
fairly similar systems based on licensed private businesses, but Uruguay will instead go with a government monopoly system. The different systems will provide a useful comparison.
Jon Walker is the author of After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy on sale for just $0.99