The Frente Amplio (FA), a political strength in Uruguay has agreed to a draft law to regulate the use of marijuana. The new law was drafted between the Movement of Popular Participation (MPP), the Socialist Party and the New Space (NE).
The initiative that was to be adopted late last month by the bench of the FA in the Lower House, allowing the planting, cultivation and harvesting and industrialization and trade up to eight cannabis plants per household.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, "shall include quantity for personal consumption to 25 grams of marijuana," as defined in Article 3 of the bill.
In addition, the regulation gives the Executive the power "to regulate the provisions and mechanisms for access to seeds, being intended for personal consumption plantations" will be considered in all cases as a lawful activity."
The regulators also ensured clauses were in place to protect the average citizen meaning that if any person who produces marijuana has caused psychological or physical dependence in another, it would be punishable by a sentence of 20 months' to ten years imprisonment.
Those who transport or are in possession of marijuana must also ensure their stock quantity falls within personal consumption limits and in accordance with the evaluated protocols.
The new bill also stated that "the Executive Branch shall ensure that, both public and private sectors will provide care and treatment to all people with addictions to substances covered by this law at request."
It also establishes a committee under the aegis of the Ministry of Public Health (MSP), which within a period of eighteen months after enactment of the law must submit an evaluation report on the effects of this new standard.
Asimismo, se establece la creación de una comisión bajo la órbita del Ministerio de Salud Pública (MSP), la cual en un plazo de dieciocho meses a partir de entrada en vigencia de la ley deberá presentar un informe evaluatorio de los efectos de la norma. It also establishes a committee under the aegis of the Ministry of Public Health (MSP), which within a period of eighteen months after enactment of the law must submit an evaluation report on the effects of the standard.
In addition, among other functions, the committee will develop "activities aimed at improving the social image of people who use the aforementioned substances."