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Take Part: Uruguay's ongoing legalization of cannabis Take Part: Uruguay's ongoing legalization of cannabis
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  WikiTribune journalist George Engels will be in Uruguay in January to cover the story.
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<p class="p1"><strong>Uruguay made global headlines earlier this year when recreational cannabis became available in licensed pharmacies all over the country. Although only 26,000 Uruguayan nationals have registered to consume recreational cannabis so far, the country’s National Institute of Statistics (INE) estimated that a <a href="http://www.ircca.gub.uy/mercado-regulado-de-cannabis-actualizacion-de-informacion/"><span class="s1">potential 147,000 users</span></a> might eventually sign up.</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Uruguay made global headlines earlier this year when recreational cannabis became available in licensed pharmacies all over the country. Although only 26,000 Uruguayan nationals have registered to consume recreational cannabis so far, the country’s National Institute of Statistics (INE) estimated that a <a href="http://www.ircca.gub.uy/mercado-regulado-de-cannabis-actualizacion-de-informacion/"><span class="s1">potential 147,000 users</span></a> might eventually sign up.</strong></p>
<p class="p1">The pharmaceutical retail of recreational cannabis came three years after the country became the first in the world to legalize the production, distribution and sale of the drug.</p> <p class="p1">The pharmaceutical retail of recreational cannabis came three years after the country became the first in the world to legalize the production, distribution and sale of the drug.</p>
<p class="p1">Uruguay’s then-President José Mujica explained <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/24/uruguay-legal-marijuana-next-phase-regulation"><span class="s1">his decision</span></a> in terms of a rejection of the principles of the U.S.-led <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_on_drugs"><span class="s1">War on Drugs</span></a>. Since then, many places the world over – including California and Colorado – have started <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legality_of_cannabis_by_country"><span class="s1">loosening the laws</span></a> pertaining to the control of cannabis. And in the last few decades, public opinion surrounding the recreational use of cannabis has undergone a massive shift in many Western countries: a <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis_in_the_United_States#Polling"><span class="s1">2017 Gallup poll </span></a>showed that 64 percent of Americans were in favour of legalising it, from only 12 percent in 1969.</p> <p class="p1">Uruguay’s then-President José Mujica explained <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/24/uruguay-legal-marijuana-next-phase-regulation"><span class="s1">his decision</span></a> in terms of a rejection of the principles of the U.S.-led <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_on_drugs"><span class="s1">War on Drugs</span></a>. Since then, many places the world over – including California and Colorado – have started <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legality_of_cannabis_by_country"><span class="s1">loosening the laws</span></a> pertaining to the control of cannabis. And in the last few decades, public opinion surrounding the recreational use of cannabis has undergone a massive shift in many Western countries: a <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis_in_the_United_States#Polling"><span class="s1">2017 Gallup poll </span></a>showed that 64 percent of Americans were in favour of legalising it, from only 12 percent in 1969.</p>
<p class="p1"><strong>Take part: <em>WikiTribune</em> journalist George Engels will be in Uruguay in January to write about the country’s ongoing effort to roll out its cannabis-related policies. He would like to hear from people in Uruguay, including policy makers, pharmacists and academics, who may have any insights or concerns on the subject.</strong></p>  <p class="p1"><strong>Take part: <em>WikiTribune</em> journalist George Engels will be in Uruguay in January to write about the country’s ongoing effort to roll out its cannabis-related policies. He would like to receive your questions, concerns, and story ideas on the subject.
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