Notezoo Daily News. In an effort to combat illegal drug trafficking, the country of Uruguay will be selling marijuana to the public at a reduced price of $1 a gram. The program is scheduled to start later in 2014.
Uruguay is the first country to try and implement a legal drug program for marijuana and if successful, other countries could follow suit. The government would run the marijuana sales industry and Uruguan officials are hopeful this will reduce the illegal drug trafficking in the country.
Jose Mujica, Uruguay’s president, is a strong supporter of the program. The lower house of Congress has already passed the measure and passing through the Senate is the next step in the marijuana sales plan.
President Mujica said the marijuana program is just one of the ways the government is trying to win the war on drugs in his country.
The plan to legally sell marijuana will make Uruguay the first country to market and sell the drug to the public. Julio Calzada, the head of the drug program for Uruguay, said that the price of the marijuana will make it a lot cheaper that what citizens in the U.S. can legally purchase marijuana for at legal medical dispensaries.
Calzada said the main purpose of the government sale of the drug is not for profit as much as it is the keep the small drug dealers off the streets and insure the marijuana users are getting a safe and high quality product. He also noted that one gram of marijuana is enough for a large cigarette.
It has been legal for citizens of Uruguay to smoke pot, but it is illegal for them to grow and sell marijuana.