TELAM, EFE (ARGENTINA)
MONTEVIDEO – Uruguay introduced a bill last November to regulate production and sale of cannabis. Under the proposed legislation, Uruguayans over 18 will be able to purchase pot in state-approved distribution centers.
Time to light up? Well, not exactly.
While the country is waiting for Congress to pass the bill, the government has launched a campaign to alert people about risks of the drug and offer guidelines on the best way to consume pot, reports EFE.
Julio Calzada, secretary general of the Uruguayan drug taskforce, the Junta National de Drogas, said the government's public health campaign on cannabis use would be similar to a campaign against tobacco or alcohol use, according to Telam.
“The government has to adequately inform its citizens on the risks linked to the use of certain substances; we advocate a responsible use of alcohol, for instance, to minimize the damage it causes, and it is the same for marijuana,” said Calzada.
He added that the government did not “recommend the consumption of harmful substances, but it does inform about the least risky way of doing it.”
He warned that marijuana creates similar effects than tobacco, which causes damages to the respiratory system and suggested eating or inhaling pot instead.