Uruguay ponders making government legal pot dealer

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Posted: Aug 09, 2012 5:06 PM
Uruguay ponders making government legal pot dealer

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay's Congress is debating how to handle a proposal that would turn the government into the nation's marijuana dealer. The law would have the government control marijuana imports, production, sale and distribution.

The idea is to create a legal market for people to get pot without turning to dealers of riskier drugs. The project declares that the drug war is a failure and that marijuana is only mildly addictive, unlike "cocaine, alcohol, tobacco and psychotropic drugs."

President Jose Mujica's entire Cabinet signed onto the proposal, which aims to take over an illegal trafficking business estimated to be worth up to $40 million a year. But Congress on Thursday was divided on the idea, and even Mujica has said he'll push it only if gets 60 percent support in polls.