Mujica is the architect of the first federal system of cannabis regulation, approved in the Legislative Palace of Uruguay on 11 December 2013. Since that time the government has implemented his system step-by-step: setting up an office called IRCCA to regulate cannabis production, registering clubs and home growers, and finally the last stage of the plan has taken shape: sixteen pharmacies began selling cannabis to the public on 19 July 2017.The dream of a fully-regulated nationwide cannabis market has become real.Or will it be thwarted once again by the latest US power play?
Was Mujica’s optimism from one year ago naive?Bent on pursuing its failed Drug War and forcing other nations to do the same, the US is crashing the party again, intent on destroying everything Uruguay has thus far achieved. American banks are strong-arming the small South American country, threatening to cut-off sales of US dollars to Uruguay’s banks.
During our interview, Mujica railed against the malign influence of the US over other countries. His success as a leader has come through his populist rejection of US-globalist economic principals.
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