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    Another talking point in this article that I believe would be very helpful is to generate a cost-benefit analysis in each country or state that has legalized recreational use of marijuana. That analysis should be specific with items such as generated incomes, employment increases, crime decreases, and others. Costs would include items such as the banking monopoly refusing to do business with legal sellers, United States pressures on other countries and/or states attempting to use scientific evidence regarding this drug’s legalization. I believe such a cost-benefit analysis can help reveal what is drug war propaganda versus what are actual facts.

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    Regarding the banking problem that Uruguay has, are there any “competition banking facilities” such as bit coin that can be used without money-laundering accusations?

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    “Whereas legalization in several U.S. states almost always had strong popular support, Uruguay’s decision hinged on regulating, rather than promoting, access to cannabis. ”

    This sentence strikes me as odd. It appears to imply that legalization in the US was based on the government “promoting” access to cannabis. That isn’t really correct.

    The sentence also implies that the law in Uruguay did not have “strong popular support”. That may very well be true but will be surprising to most readers and probably needs to be explained.

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      Hey Jimmy. I deleted the “rather than promoting” clause as it suggests the U.S. government was going that.

      You second point is addressed in detail later on in the story.

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    I’m not sure of the accuracy of Urugray being the 1st country to legalize cannabis. Weren’t Norway and Sweden doing that and more regarding cocaine and heroin?

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      I’m afraid not Frank. Both countries have quite strict/prohibitive laws when it comes to cannabis. Here’s a handy map/table relating to cannabis laws in different countries: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legality_of_cannabis_by_country

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        Thanks George. This was really useful.

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    The quality of government sanctioned Cannabis is prohibitively poor. Many cannot use low quality medicine to facilitate their needs. Highly quality genetics must be bred locally or introduced from the US.

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      Hi Stephen. Consumers buying in pharmacies did initially express some annoyance about the small “high” they got from the first two strains of government sanctioned cannabis. That changed when the government made another 2 strains available, which have THC levels of up to 9%. The problem most consumers complain about now is the limited access to cannabis given the financing issues.

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        I most definitely agree that availability and distribution, as well as banking, is the key problem (here in the States too). As a Cannabis botanist (I am the owner and operator at Hermetic Genetics in Oregon USA) I have helped some of the private clubs in Uruguay set breeding protocols for their local heirloom varietals to keep a distinct Uruguay gene pool from their Brazilian and Dutch hybrids that have flourished there for decades. The government outsourced their program to multinational Cannabis companies that utilize their own utility patent strains that really aren’t that special and don’t take advantage of the South American Cannabis Germplasm that has become regionally adapted. I hear that the medical side of production is taking a more agricultural approach and developing large scale breeding programs to take advantage of terpenes and CBD through low-THC field trials that may be handled apart from the IRCCA which may be a good thing.

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          “I hear that the medical side of production is taking a more agricultural approach and developing large scale breeding programs to take advantage of terpenes and CBD through low-THC field trials that may be handled apart from the IRCCA which may be a good thing.” Out of interest, why do you think that their being handled apart from IRCCA may be a good thing?

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    Have a researcher visit Colorado. Oregon, and Washington to observe the cannibus industry.
    Uruguay is poor history.

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      We might. Why is Uruguay poor history since it is being done on a national basis? It seems to me that the US state changes have been reported exhaustively.

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        Yes, go where there is a vigorous market. Uruguay is far too small. Washington state where I live is far larger market-wise. Buyers of100’s of millions of $$ with tax receipts to boot. Over a hundred of strains, along with edibles, oils, etc.

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        Focusing on the regulations is myopic. There is a larger story of use patterns, consequences, products, paraphernalia, etc. which is missed.

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