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Uruguay Ponders End to Drug War

JULY 31, 2012

“The agricultural output of this country [Uruguay] includes rice, soybeans and wheat. Soon, though, the government may get its hands dirty with a far more complicated crop—marijuana—as part of a rising movement in this region to create alternatives to the United States-led war on drugs. Uruguay’s famously rebellious president first called for ‘regulated and controlled legalization of marijuana’ in a security plan unveiled last month. And now all anyone here can talk about are the potential impacts of a formal market for what Ronald Reagan once described as ‘probably the most dangerous drug in America.’” (New York Times)

An alternative to the drug war—now there’s an idea that needs to catch on in the United States.

FEE Timely Classic
“How to End Mexico’s Deadly Drug War” by Paul Armentano

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