Article: Uruguayan Legalization, Nothing To See Here, The Sky Didn’t Fall In, “Gangs of Zombies” Nowhere To Be Seen!

Article: Uruguayan Legalization, Nothing To See Here, The Sky Didn’t Fall In, “Gangs of Zombies” Nowhere To Be Seen!
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By Alejandro Prieto https://www.laprensalatina.com/worst-fears-unfounded-5-years-after-start-of-uruguay-pharmacy-cannabis-sales/ Montevideo, Jul 18 (EFE).- Five years after Uruguayan pharmacies began selling cannabis for recreational use, the pioneering law that ushered in that new business has gained greater public support and the worst fears about “gangs of zombies” or spiraling addiction rates have been allayed. Long lines formed when marijuana sales at pharmacies began on July 19, 2017, three-and-a-half years after Uruguay became the first country in the modern era to legalize cannabis. But now an atmosphere of total normalcy is apparent at the Antartida pharmacy in Montevideo, one of the 16 outlets that were initially authorized to sell cannabis. In fact, the only difference visible between marijuana sales and transactions involving standard medications is that buyers must provide a fingerprint impression. In remarks to Efe, Antartida’s owner, Sergio Redin, said cannabis has been sold for years “without any problems” and that not even his most conservative customers have stopped shopping there. “When we applied (for authorization to sell cannabis), we had some fears,” he said. “It was something totally new. A lot of pharmacies were against it. Fears about security, that the society, the customers, would reject it. None of that happened,” he said. Milton Romani, the ex-secretary general of the National Drug Board, the government agency tasked with implementing Uruguay’s drug policies, said several myths hovered over the law regulating cannabis sales, which then-President Jose Mujica signed in December 2013 as an anti-drug trafficking measure. “There were no gangs of zombies that attacked pharmacies, as some predicted,” he said, adding that fears that Brazilians and Argentines would travel in droves to Uruguay to buy cannabis and send consumption rates soaring also were unfounded. “The scientific research has shown that cannabis legalization and regulation have not increased consumption. Chile hasn’t regulated or legalized (marijuana), and it…

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