It’s not every day you get to read good news, like say, political decisions that will lead to less violence and suffering. There aren’t many of those days around at all, it seems. BUT TODAY IS ONE OF THOSE DAYS!
Good morning world and be pleased to meet José “Pepe” Mujica (74)—a man who will be remembered by civilization for centuries, whose face will iconically decorate t-shirts, and whose last name will become the trending first name for newborns hipisters before the end of the decade. His name is Mujica, and he’s the president of the first country in the world to make marijuana completely legal.
Yes, the rumors are true: Uruguayan President José Mujica is about to become the biggest pot-dealer in the country, and picks up the fight against all the cartels of the underworld. Commonly know as “the poorest president in the world”—giving away 90% of his $12.000 monthly salary to charity and small entrepreneurs—he’s about to become kingpin of an estimated $750 million market of Uruguayan macoña.
The Uruguayan Parliament is voting today—and trust @2famousTV to be where you heard it first—and if the President has his will, as presidents usually do, shops will be able to sell marijuana to anyone who wants to roll up and get high.
But why? According to the President José Mujico himself, there are two main reasons for this unprecedented move. First, it’s a way to completely undermine the criminal black market, from which there has been increased violence the last years, which troubles the government of the otherwise almost crime-free country. Secondly, it’s a way to protect the youth, – “We are doing this for the young people, because the traditional approach hasn’t worked,” Mujico says, so that they don’t have to be in contact with a criminal market and thus also reduce the possibility of marijuana being a gateway to harder drugs like cocaine, amfetamines, and heroin.
The Uruguayan opposition had this to say: “We were waiting for measures to combat insecurity, and now the government proposes legalizing drugs?” said opposition leader Pedro Bordaberry. “It makes no sense.” (It’s somewhat ironic, of course, that he sounds like he’s high!)
Mujica is no stranger of growing, if anyone was concerned. His grandparents on his mother’s side grew a vineyard in Italy, and his father was a farmer of Basque origin, who went bankrupt and died when Mujica was only five. Undeterred by his father’s failure, Mujica is setting out to continue his family’s legacy and do something original: grow marijuana on a national scale. He claims to have never tried marijuana himself, saying “I have no idea what it is.” But as a former minister of Agriculture he knows how to grow it. And more importantly, he knows how to win a guerilla war on drugs.
Wack-a-mole is bad strategy, according to the former urban guerilla commander. But what is his plan? By playing his position, as any good reader of Sun Tze—and I suppose m-l pulp fiction, as his group (the Tupamaros) were inspired by the Cuban Revolution. He’s in position to—instead of fighting each enemy independently, each drug lord and drug dealer—to completely wipe the ground away from under their feet by changing the rules of the game, or “thinking outside the box,” as he calls it. His master plan is to take over the market by selling his product at $22 where the cartels sell theirs at $28 and thereby seriously undermining their profit and make their business untenable. In the most rural areas that border with Paraguay, where weed is a bit cheaper on the black market, he hopes to beat the competition on quality.
Maybe his opponents are not so happy with this bold political move that will pass in the Uruguayan Parliament today, and I’m sure he won’t get many votes from the drug cartels for the next election. It definitely sounds like good news for the pot enthusiasts that can bring their joints out from their dark and shameful closets into bright, proud and broad daylight without having to fear being stigmatized by society or put in prison. Most importantly, however, it will tackle head on the serious problem of drug-related crime and taboo health issues that comes with it. All this at a $6 discount sounds like a pretty good deal for society—and for the ones who depend on taking marihuana for medical purposes.
So, José: Hope you win, yo!
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