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Uruguay Legalizes Pot Trade, But Who "Uses" The Most?

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"The attitudes toward cannabis are shifting rapidly," says a former DEA-agent-turned-pot-growing-company-lawyer, adding that "the potential social and financial returns are enormous." As ironic as that maybe, perhaps it is why Uruguay has just become the first nation in the world to allow its citizens to grow, buy and smoke marijuana. As Reuters reports, the pioneering government-sponsored bill establishes state regulation of the cultivation, distribution and consumption of marijuana and is aimed at wresting the business from criminals. "Our country can't wait for international consensus on this issue," said one politician as demand is rising globally as the following chart shows...

 

DEA Agent becomes Pot-growing-firm lawyer... (via The Atlantic):

Patrick Moen is a 36-year-old former supervisor at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, where, until recently, he led a team based in Portland that fought methamphetamine and heroin traffickers. 

 

Now, he is embarking on a career change. A rather dramatic one.  The Wall Street Journal reports today in a delightful article that Moen has become the in-house lawyer at Privateer Holdings Inc., "a private-equity firm that invests solely in businesses tied to the budding legal marijuana industry."

 

In other words, the revolving door between business and government just made an unexpected, and very druggy, turn.

 

...

 

"The potential social and financial returns are enormous," Moen told the Journal said of his new business. "The attitudes toward cannabis are shifting rapidly."

 

Indeed they are.

As Uruguay appears to show (via Reuters):

Uruguay's Senate is expected to pass a law on Tuesday making the small South American nation the world's first to allow its citizens to grow, buy and smoke marijuana.

 

The pioneering government-sponsored bill establishes state regulation of the cultivation, distribution and consumption of marijuana and is aimed at wresting the business from criminals.

 

Cannabis consumers would be allowed to buy a maximum of 40 grams (1.4 ounces) each month from state-regulated pharmacies as long as they are over the age of 18 and registered on a government database that will monitor their monthly purchases.

 

Uruguayans would also be allowed to grow up to six plants of marijuana in their homes a year, or as much as 480 grams (about 17 ounces). They could also set up smoking clubs of 15 to 45 members that could grow up to 99 plants per year.

 

The bill, which opinion polls show is unpopular, passed the lower chamber of Congress in July and is expected to easily pass the Senate on the strength of the ruling coalition's majority.

 

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"Our country can't wait for international consensus on this issue," Senator Roberto Conde of the governing Broad Front left-wing coalition

 

Rich countries debating legalization of pot are also watching the bill, which philanthropist George Soros has supported as an "experiment" that could provide an alternative to the failed U.S.-led policies of the long "war on drugs."

 

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"This development in Uruguay is of historic significance," said Ethan Nadelmann, founder of the Drug Policy Alliance, a leading sponsor of drug policy reform partially funded by Soros through his Open Society Foundation.

 

"Uruguay is presenting an innovative model for cannabis that will better protect public health and public safety than does the prohibitionist approach," Nadelmann said.

But who is "using" the most...

 

 

So USA is #1 in something!!

 

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Tue, 12/10/2013 - 23:12 | 4234837 Tijuana Donkey Show
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Even while high, I can't understand Obamacare, COngress, or any of it. No wonder we're #1. (Doing my part to help right now)

 

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 23:18 | 4234863 Pladizow
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Uruhigh!

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 23:49 | 4234948 Tijuana Donkey Show
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Dave's not here man....

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:16 | 4235024 Pooper Popper
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oh wait man,,,dont take those...

 What do you mean I already took them...

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:41 | 4235059 BellyBrain
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8 percent??  More like greater than 48 percent.  Seriously.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 01:09 | 4235107 Thomas
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My wife is in Uruguay right now. I can assure you she is draining the stash.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 07:30 | 4235420 negative rates
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Look at that, we are not first at another thing, and a thing like this would have helped balance the scales of the things we are first at which are becoming more notorious with each passing day. Kudos to the Uruguarians, there is now a place to smoke the peace pipe.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 09:08 | 4235561 Doña K
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That explains the high percentage of sheeple in the  US

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:53 | 4236662 Keyser
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What? And waste all those $$$ and years spent on the war on drugs? Heresy I tell you!!! 

 

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 01:10 | 4235108 Thomas
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My wife is in Uruguay right now. I can assure you she is draining the stash.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 02:10 | 4235197 WillyGroper
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huh?

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 03:59 | 4235283 James-Morrison
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Yea, right.

Legalize Pot, but criminalize avoiding sick-care -- with Obamacare mandate.

Are we there yet?

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 07:13 | 4235399 putaipan
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medical marijauna, and yet no hemp water bottles or autobodies.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:52 | 4236658 The_Dude
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Yo...isn't that deja...um...you know man....that thing

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 01:44 | 4235155 0b1knob
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Jamaica should be lite up on that world map like a red clown nose.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 04:51 | 4235313 zhandax
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No shit; major call-out.  Maybe they were using some phony BLS 'import' numbers.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:24 | 4235036 BLOTTO
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Im baked right now.

I help out that >8% number up here in the great white north, ok, the Toronto 'area'... I love Tim Horton's coffee and timbits.

.

The Mayor smokes cra/ck.

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But all kidding aside, the plant has so many numerous benefits and is beautiful...earth, soil, sun...but i may be biased imo as well:)

 

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:30 | 4235040 BLOTTO
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How does that Denmark owned island smoke more weed then the Mexicans?

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No wonder they call it Greenland...they're all BAKED.

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And Spain can add an *asterisks that 50% consumption is due to the island of Ibiza:)

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 06:28 | 4235371 Ar-Pharazôn
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in Spain they're using the method of small community growing weed and then giving to people in the community.

 

working very well. and so i have to say that 50% from ibiza is totally wrong

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 09:12 | 4235573 Doña K
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The  two people who live in Greenland both smoke

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:35 | 4235053 Jayda1850
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I use a vaporizer. Nothing better than the first two hits, can really taste the herb. Truly amazing plant.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 05:00 | 4235319 zhandax
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Didn't know they had that shit ready for a cartomizer.  I had wondered.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 05:44 | 4235343 Jayda1850
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I was actually speaking of a stand alone vaporizer, like a volcano. However, you can easily make glycerine or acetate tinctures that can be used in a variety of E-cigs. They say weed kills your motivation, but us potheads are definitely motivated to come up with newer and better ways to get medicated.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 10:06 | 4235750 MayIMommaDogFac...
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you can easily make glycerine or acetate tinctures that can be used in a variety of E-cigs. 

California clubs will sell you the whole rig -- nothing to make.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:38 | 4236602 SkottFree
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No man that's Draino!

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 03:31 | 4235262 Platinum
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I'm searching for a strain that will work. Just when I think I've succeeded, they up their BS level. I then jump to the next strain in hopes that it will be my ticket home.

 

I call it - Quantum Weed.

 

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 23:13 | 4234846 tmosley
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Drugs should be legalized.  If people want to be addicted, they will become addicted whether or not you utterly destroy you lives upon finding out.  Better that they be able to freely seek treatment, avoid bad drugs that harm or destroy them, and not have to steal and murder to get enough money to afford their habit.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:01 | 4234994 tvdog
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All drugs should be legalized, including really dangerous ones like cancer and heart medicines. There is no reason anyone should need a "prescription" from someone else to take a drug.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:37 | 4235050 Kirk2NCC1701
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But if you did that, then an army of people would be out of work or have their jobs and lifestyles cut back.

E.g., Local, State and Federal LEAs, the DOJ, lawyers, doctors, nurses, hospitals, jails, jail guards, bondsmen, social workers, gun shops and gun runners...

I doubt that these Special Interest people will stand for that, and will lobby & vote accordingly.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:49 | 4235074 BellyBrain
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All those boot-licking authority lovers need to smoke a joint and chill the hell out.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 05:08 | 4235324 zhandax
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If you shut down all the unconstitutional bureaucrats in the executive branch, there would be an even larger army of people out of work or have their jobs and lifestyles cut back.  Make an argument why that is not a good thing.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 01:18 | 4235118 tvdog
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If drugs were legalized, then what would the police use their shiny new armored vehicles for?

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 01:59 | 4235177 e_goldstein
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Dog killing, duh.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 05:12 | 4235330 zhandax
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And stopping those reprehensible duck hunters.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 10:52 | 4235908 Papasmurf
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If drugs were legalized, then what would the police use their shiny new armored vehicles for?

Heading the convoy.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 02:59 | 4235247 Mobius Poop
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"Most of the problems we see around us can ultimately be traced to the state."

 - Murray N. Rothbard

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 07:58 | 4235454 sleigher
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"Drugs will never be legalized, there is too much money in it."  --Hillary Clinton 

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:57 | 4236680 The_Dude
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As long as I don't have to support them in any way (medical, SNAP, housing, etc...etc) then go for it.....let them wreck their lives...

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:59 | 4236690 Keyser
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You ever heard of alcohol and tobacco? It's not about whether the general public should have access to drugs, it's always been about controlling the market and reaping the profits or taxes from the sale, which they have not been able to do, due to the decentralization of the black market in drugs. We should save the tax dollars for the war on drugs and set free anyone in prison for weed. 

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 23:13 | 4234847 Tinky
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Hmmm...what's the going rate for a Haagen-Dazs franchise in Montevideo?

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 23:16 | 4234850 tmosley
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Also, Tyler, would you post a fucking bitcoin address so we can send money so you can get rid of these ever multiplying ads?

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 23:22 | 4234871 Zero Point
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Get Firefox. It's free, and it's good.

Then go into addons and add the adblocker and popup blocker extensions.

Voila.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 01:26 | 4235129 Citxmech
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Ghostery works like a charm for me - and it blocks Google Analytics, etc. etc.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 02:02 | 4235166 Zero Point
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Ghostery is good, but be careful about that blocking thing.

They're just inserting themselves as middlemen in the analytics trade:

http://venturebeat.com/2012/07/31/ghostery-a-web-tracking-blocker-that-a...

It's main advantage is speeding up page loads, by lowering the amount of shit loading per click.

Oh... There are also a number of cookie deletion option available.

I would recommend using one of those as well, especially to get rid of LSOs.. BetterPrivacy seems OK so far...

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 05:20 | 4235333 zhandax
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The latest hosts file will rid even the IE slaves from the bulk of those ads.   http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

 

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 23:16 | 4234860 Xibalba
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Added to the list of countries with more freedoms than the USA 

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 23:21 | 4234868 monkeydart
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buy high, get high profits! 

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 23:30 | 4234894 akak
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Billow Wryly's head explodes in 4, 3, 2 ....

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 23:39 | 4234901 evernewecon
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I've my own state as marijuana retail 

partner under a public health umbrella

proposal out there.

It's not intended to be an encourager--

just something there, a "rationalizer;"

though, it obviously would likely balance

Sacramento's (my state capital--substitute

your own,) budget, along with affording

cutting taxes and financing lavish public

education (educate, don't incarcerate)

and though the California Medical

Association, currently a little more liberal on 

this than the AMA, says regulate as in the 

manner of alcohol, I'm personally good with

accounting for the fact THC concentrations 

available today are sometimes much greater

than what was available at Woodstock.

It's a plan that runs from barely intrusive to

catching blips on the radar, with progressive

consumption braking combined with 

health ed informed by a couple medical specialties

particularly.

Most recently the issue of estrogenicity arose,

but actually legumes are estrogenic, so the 

same issue should arise for the guy consuming

a bowl of chili (in Cinci (regarded as chili

capital) with beans--in Texas I

believe w/o, so it wouldn't matter there.)

There's also this as to that.

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130428144857.htm

 

"Obesity May Influence

Heart Function Through

Sex Hormones"

(Obesity Raises Estrogen,

Lowers Testosterone)

Only an idiot would spam Tyler with an 

address, but this bundle of issue comparisons

should be of interest to all.

http://www.multiurl.com/la/Marijuana_Comparisons_Bundle

 

There's no link to me there.

Someday I may yet put one in, 

but not till long after this

column's appeared, in fairness

to ZH.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 23:45 | 4234938 401K of Dooom
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Proof of the ill effects of Canabis.  Just wait until welfare expenditures go up to take care "of the children." 

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:29 | 4235038 evernewecon
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Woodstock was the year before I 

entered undergraduate school.

Though I left NY a long time ago,

I was living not far from the event

(well Scarsdale.)

I knew many who attended.

No one ever knew anyone who 

ever had anything to do with LSD.

No one who attended witnessed 

LSD use or heard of anyone who 

used it.

Many did consume marijuana.

All known to myself have normal

ambitions and motivations, have

not experienced physiologic change

that might be associated with marijuana

use, and, frankly, all are/have been 

engaged in constructive lives, have

happy families, and generally have

kids finishing graduate/med/law/

schools.

Marijuana is used culturally in some

parts of the world, of course, where 

they consume foods of far greater

nutrional value than is typically 

consumed along sprawl boulevard.

 

As to the proposal above in my own

comment, the final step in state as

retail partner under a public health 

umbrella will catch the alcohol abuser

as well as the person seeking witchdrawal

in marijuana.  Both will pass throught the

same pathways.  

The lyrics in the intro to "Cheers" resonate

with what many abusers of many substances

typically say to social workers, who're typically

called in by parents.

We all live along very many slippery slopes,

though on a more practical level the ones

people are driving on this month being owed to the 

unbalanced transport owing to puppets'

planning.

If the kids who attended Woodstock had

been the deciders since then our

banking, health care, food chain, and 

local education systems wouldn't be

privatized and our habitat wouldn't be

dying.

 

Tobacco's dramatically more harmful 

than marijuana, and it's a likely gateway

to marijuana.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130505073742.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+(ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News)&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher

Per se that's not a plus for marijuana, but 

by way of the transitive property of math, it is.

If you think marijuana's a gateway and thus

should be banned, then, if tobacco is a gateway

to marijuana, tobacco also has to be banned.

(If A=B, and B=C, then A=C.)

 

But the evidence is marijuana's not

addictive*** and is not a gateway.

 

***Legal by toll (my comment above)

DOES address particular susceptibility.

 

The default decision, the monopoly of

the nefarious, no watching of THC

concentrations, etc., does not.

 

It would, after consumption

braking and health ed intervention, finally 

invite the then-clear abuser to disclose health

coverage combined with their being advised 

that not a single person will judge them

because no one's experience or biology 

can ever be a basis for that.

The money aspect of health care is of 

course a whole different subject.

I've never known a single health provider

who ever wanted to send any substance

abuser to jail.  They're not evil.

 

Actual abusers withdraw for no fault 

of their own.

Puppets and their masters buying 

policy, then profiting from the adversity,

and then using the latter to blame

the vulnerable and the government they

bought to justify privatizing generally 

lead to withdrawal.

 

 

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 02:42 | 4235220 silverserfer
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man. totally. 

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 05:23 | 4235335 Confused
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYT18YtANDk

 

Truth. Helps. Of course addiction is no joke. But lets be honest, weed doesn't fuck up lives. 

 

Credit Cards on the other hand.........

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 23:51 | 4234962 HardAssets
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Will human beings ever grow up, or ever decide to be free ?

All sorts of regs on what people are 'allowed' to have or 'allowed' to grow ?  Who the hell do they think they are to tell others how to live ?  (Of course, if you get drunk or high and run over someone that's an entirely different matter - youve hurt someone and/or damaged their property. You must pay for that. But what you do that hurts no one else isn't anyone else's damned business).

Don't people get that the lawmakers don't give a damned about them - only in taxing them and having control over them ?  Arrested development means never getting over asking 'Mommy' and 'Daddy' for permission.

 

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 09:45 | 4235685 FredFlintstone
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The problem is that the government has decided that we will all take care of people no matter the circumstance. So to guard the public purse (isn't that a joke) they have to limit the stupidity. I am all for individual freedom, but we need to let people suffer the consequences of their actions (but that will never happen).

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 23:37 | 4234907 Eternal Complainer
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Isn't that where the Bush clan has their 100,900 acre bunker ranch?

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 23:44 | 4234928 mbutler101
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No, that hidey hole is in Paraguay

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 23:57 | 4234979 Kirk2NCC1701
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Uruguay is a place that Doug Casey has recommended for some time, and Chile is Simon Black's fave nation in S.Am.

Simon recommends Uruguay if you're into farming. His followers did not realize that this included dope farming.

Both have gone off Costa Rica: too expensive and overrun with 'Mericans.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:59 | 4235086 tvdog
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Uruguay will issue a "rentier" visa with proof of $500/month income. Uruguay also offers bank secrecy and is one of the few places remaining where it is possible for an American expat with less than $1,000,000 assets to open a bank account. Uruguay, however, is about as exciting as Iowa (and has a similar economy).

Argentina has a similar scheme but requires $1000/month. Note that there is regular ferry service between Montevideo and Buenos Aires, so you can pop over to visit.

On the other hand, you can stay in Belize indefinitely without a residence visa, just renew your tourist visa every month. Might be a choice for those with little cash (who want to ride out the forthcoming U.S. collapse elsewhere).

Another possibility is just to live in Mexico as an illegal. Supposedly no one cares if you're not a ward of the state.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 01:51 | 4235164 mijev
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Been to all those places except for Belize. I heard there are too many mosquitoes. And as much as I hate mosquitoes, they love me to death. But it looks beautiful. Malaysia is my hangout of choice at the moment. I'll take jellyfish over mosquitoes.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 03:04 | 4235250 Jorgen
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Paraguay: US$6,000.00 deposited in a Paraguayan bank makes you eligible for applying for residency there.

Peru: Same as Paraguay but for US$20,000.00

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:42 | 4235062 capitallosses
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I heard the Bushes main farm is in Afghanistan.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 09:25 | 4235607 Doña K
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Argentina just south of the border with Bolivia near Salta sitting on top of a big aquafer and near a US airbase. Estancia de Cafayatte is a community built by Casey and friends nearby as well. Lot's of locally grown vino tinto. Not sure about weed there.

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 23:36 | 4234909 Triple A
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too bad the US is too stupid and corrupt to do this

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 23:39 | 4234911 papaswamp
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I know where spring break is this coming year....

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 09:28 | 4235617 Doña K
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Great idea for direct charter flights from the US.

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 23:39 | 4234912 akak
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He clearly exercised strategery in locating there.

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 23:44 | 4234932 Kirk2NCC1701
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I'm guessing that Chewbacca uses a lot.

As do those brave troops protecting our Freedoms, at source over there in Afghanistan: Brothers in Arms and Doobie Brothers in Dire Straights. Out standing in the Field.

All wars are Bankers' wars. Including "The War on Drugs". And the Al-CYA-duh runs the biggest and most profitable drug cartel. While helping promote the use of petro-dollars.

/sarc. Call me Cynical or a Realist.

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 23:50 | 4234952 TradingTroll
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Canada is not a producer country??

 

hahahaha

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:48 | 4235067 Kirk2NCC1701
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Canada specializes in Ice Wine and Ice Pot.
Oh, and Ice Fishing, with Molson Ice.
;-)

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 01:44 | 4235153 Manipuflation
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You have never smoked any Canadian bud have you Kirk?

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 06:46 | 4235379 fxrxexexdxoxmx
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Do not forget about the women. So bundled up they look like those hotties in a Burka

/s

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:04 | 4234956 Hongcha
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You want to talk about a market in its nascency ... we still have what, 3/4 of the U.S. in redneck territory vis-a-vis this wonderful herb.  Concentrate (pun intended) strictly on the U.S. and you still have a grand opportunity at the beginning stages.  And it is a product you can feel good about.  The marketing in CA is soooo bad; all gangsta and tats on the neck and halfway up the arms ... that and the no insurance/credit/debit/bank participation, is keeping Pig Pharma out so it is still an underground phenomenon.  I walk into my club in a business suit and there is no friction, all is well.  A few others have started to do it too.  Tim Lincecum's favorite hash bar is right down the street; I hear he gives the Budtenders Giants tickets!

Write off China; I have thought long and hard about it and it could be wonderful but you couldn't live with the karma if one of your boys got caught with your fronted supply.  They are as good as dead in the Borg.

They can't put this back in the closet, try though they have.

"They don't want you to not use drugs, they want you to use their drugs."  -- Chris Rock

 

 

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 23:52 | 4234959 scrappy
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http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotos-g294064-Uruguay.html

Not bad, poor, but real, not EBT, and they have lots of water, cattle, and non gmo veggies.

Really Cool Airport too.

I mean really cool. Check it out.

http://www.aeropuertodecarrasco.com.uy/en/

(Never been there, researching fuku DR.)

 

 

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 15:22 | 4234976 ToNYC
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Humans being, well, humans will abuse any pleasure that works and doesn't kill them. It just so happens that the only natural product on this planet and for all time that has no serious degrading physical effects  on users is cannabis being digested by natural anandamide receptors.

Genesis 1:29 still works.

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 23:59 | 4234981 Hongcha
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The only "ill effect of cannabis" that I can think of is that it wakes you up.  THAT is an ill effect for a lot of people.  Seeing their true condition inside and out is frightening to many.

It's a strong herb that heals on multiple levels and synchs those levels so that by healing your brain the rest falls into place.

Don't drive on it.  

I would think the new strains are much stronger than what they had at Woodstock.  I started smoking not long after (1976) and can tell you the CA stuff (1995 to present for me) is much stronger than the ditch weed I was tokin' back in Peoria.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:15 | 4235019 Theta_Burn
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Here here

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:11 | 4235012 WallowaMountainMan
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"8% >"  for the u.s of a....?

 

does that like mean it could be 74%?

 

:)

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:14 | 4235015 Theta_Burn
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Laugh now (especially if puffing fine Mendo) But when everyone sees Uraguay's GDP go up 20% because of it...

Drop some Kiev krippler on those Ukraines instead of Absinthe + Vodka there hoped up on, and they would finally get some sleep

There are way more evil things than weed,  stop ruining responsble peoples lives because of it

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=crippler+strain&qpvt=crippler+strain&FORM=IGRE

 

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:36 | 4235052 The Old Man
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F it, let's go bowling.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:53 | 4235077 Kirk2NCC1701
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[Sing along to Jimmy Buffett]. Let's all get drunk and... Chew.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 08:09 | 4235465 lamont cranston
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Shut the f up, Donnie

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:51 | 4235076 darteaus
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Shouldn't Jamaica have the deepest shade?

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 01:55 | 4235172 GeoffreyT
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"a private-equity firm that invests solely in businesses tied to the budding legal marijuana industry."

 

Oh for fuck's sake... the schmendrick who wrote the schpiel for the company should be executed for crimes against doubles entendres.

Uruguay's tourism traffic will go absolutely fucking bananas. Didn't Bill Bonner organise a really nice beachfront resort-y type thing in one of the "guay"s in the mid-noughties?

 

Also - nice to see someone from the State's goon squads take themselves off the tax tit voluntarily. One less target for those hard-hearted buggers who have every intention of playing "hunt the former apparatchik" in the aftermath of the coming collapse of the US. (It has happened everywhere else: in former Soviet republics, in post-war Germany, in post-Pinochet Chile... ex-members of the State's goon squads flee, or die howwibly).

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 12:40 | 4236361 fedupwhiteguy
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The possibility of being selected to join one of those post-collapse goon hunt squads is just the motivation to get back into physical shape!

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 02:01 | 4235182 Vooter
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Yeah, and how many lives did that cocksucker ex-DEA agent ruin before the dollar-sign-shaped light bulb went on over his head? Asshole...

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 02:00 | 4235184 Manipuflation
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"would be allowed to buy a maximum of 40 grams (1.4 ounces) each month from state-regulated pharmacies as long as they are over the age of 18 and registered on a government database that will monitor their monthly purchases."

Even though I have imposed a stay of absence on myself for the last three and half months, I am certain that when I do decide to fire up again, I would go through my normal channels rather than register with the state.  The state's dope is probably crappy hemp leaf and will be way overpriced.

In other words, is it my suspicion that the state would really suck at selling dope and likely fuck it all up so we all end up smoking schwag.  Legalize it outright and then get the fuck out of the way.     

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 15:31 | 4237151 mkkby
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You didn't read far enough... you can grow up to 6 plants per person.  Grow your own and avoid the tax man.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 02:07 | 4235193 mijev
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Personally I can't stand the stuff but I think it's the coolest thing that they're going to legalize it. If they develop a way to use it in electronic cigarettes without the smell maybe I'll try it again. Uruguay's not a bad place but the people and especially the coffee in Colombia are way better IMHO.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 02:29 | 4235212 Mediocritas
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This is all you need to know about US drug policy:

http://cdn2.theweedblog.com/wp-content/uploads//us-drug-addiction-rate-s...

Aggressive drug laws cannot reprogram adult (epi)genomes. Some people are biochemically susceptible to addiction, period, so the correct approach is to treat addiction as a disease rather than a crime. Accept that demand will ALWAYS be present and supply will rise to meet it, regardless of laws, and seek to reduce crime by making black market suppliers obsolete via the provision of clinic suppliers tightly coupled with education, safer alternatives, counselling and treatment.

Uruguay is demonstrating commendable pragmatism.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 06:01 | 4235357 Aussiekiwi
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Alcohol, Nicotine should be illegal.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 07:54 | 4235451 mvsjcl
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Yeah, 'cause that worked out so well last time.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 02:46 | 4235227 Jorgen
Wed, 12/11/2013 - 02:48 | 4235230 donpaulo
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Are we seriously believe that Canada and the USA are not major producers ?

the data on this map is broken

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 04:51 | 4235314 Global Hunter
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As a rural Canadian that just wants to be left alone to live my life I have no issues with their ignorance. 

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 05:34 | 4235338 tvdog
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North American producers need to form a trade group to increase their recognition.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 02:58 | 4235246 Peter Pan
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"the pioneering government-sponsored bill establishes state regulation of the cultivation, distribution and consumption of marijuana and is aimed at wresting the business from criminals."

So the pot business will be transferred from one lot of criminals to another lot of criminals.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 03:50 | 4235276 MrButtoMcFarty
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It's always been legal in my house!

 

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 03:56 | 4235282 thestarl
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If people want to smoke a little dope so be it most of the anti social behaviour usually involves people pissed out of their brains

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 04:07 | 4235293 Peter Pan
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I don't mind you smoking your pot as long as it does not become a defence to some crime or accident caused by it. Otherwise puff the magic dragon.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 07:04 | 4235391 thestarl
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No worries Pete

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 07:28 | 4235416 Manipuflation
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The only crime would be that which is committed by the Al Capones of the underworld who supply the weed.  Were pot legal, it would likely be a very different story.  Gateway drug my ass.  Is that like a "gateway" mutual fund?

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 07:22 | 4235407 nmewn
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Just de-crimnalize it, never legalize it...unless you want $500.00 doobies at your local vendor, eventually. At least they would allow you to grow your own under this bill...to get around the tax/regulatory trap.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 07:45 | 4235438 mvsjcl
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What?!! No Radical Marijuana comment as of yet?

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 09:07 | 4235563 shovelhead
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Because you need 2000 disjointed words on money/ murder systems treated as if it were a unique and revelatory concept?

Good for Uruguay.

Wake me up when someplace treats cannabis like tomato plants.

They're equally 'dangerous'.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 08:46 | 4235513 TalkToLind
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It's like an icky, sticky form of Quantitative Easing for Uruguay; but this QE will actually work.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 09:02 | 4235543 orangegeek
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there's no money in pot - just mark up

 

pot is easy to grow and grows anywhere there is dirt and mild weather

 

add some competition and you can buy a pound of pot for a buck in short order - this is why government isn't interested in the business

 

most understand that pot is also called dope - excessive use will result in a career at $10 per hour

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 09:12 | 4235581 shovelhead
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No kidding?

No wonder why Carl Sagan wore such crappy threads.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 09:06 | 4235557 Martel
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A great start. Next: Legalize Freedom.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 09:23 | 4235587 forwardho
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There is big money incentive to keep the use illegal.

In 2012 ther were 749.825 arrests for marijuana, 87% of those were for simple possesion.

658.231 people had to at the least pay fines, many of these went to jail/prison. The prison complex makes giant profits with each added inmate.

 

The demographic group that this targets, are the very people who can least afford to defend themselves in the game of Justice in America

 

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 10:50 | 4235906 oddjob
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It's criminalization of the poor.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 09:27 | 4235614 Herdee
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It's called "Sativex",Bayer/GW in early on this one.Governments finally understand something simple which is they should be getting tax money out of this instead of making organized crime families very wealthy.Governments literally made the Mafia even bigger.They did it through alcohol and weed prohibition.Billions given to crooks.Besides,all the Governments are broke and can't afford to lock up any more pot smokers up behind bars.Like lambs going to slaughter.The jail system is bankrupting many States like California.That's always been the corrupted way of thinking,lock up those that believe in peace.Cannabis Sativa: It's the Tree of Life.Peace

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 11:44 | 4236116 Blood Spattered...
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If you like your bong you can keep your bong.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 12:13 | 4236243 HOBO POTHEAD
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Like Cowabunga and cosmic greetings, dudes. Does anyone know if there is a freight train that runs all the way from Garberville to Uruguay? 

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 16:47 | 4237434 the0ther
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That Patrick Moen asshole needs to make his way onto a BTC assassination market. Scum of the earth making money on both sides of the trade. 

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 17:24 | 4237591 The Old Man
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He is probably collecting a gubment pension. Talk about the god Janus. That's as double standard as you can get. Not only does he know the LE end, he knows the tricks of the cartels too. Pardon me, but I have to go get some duct tape before my head explodes.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:02 | 4238076 MillionDollarBi...
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