‘ Further Delays in Sale of Marijuana in Uruguay in Implementing a Law to Legalise Cannabis’

#AceWorldNews – URUGUAY – July 09 – The sale of marijuana in Uruguay has been delayed due to “practical difficulties” in implementing a law legalizing cannabis, President José Mujica said in an interview with AFP, adding that sales will begin “next year.”

MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) – April 2014 – Uruguayans will be able buy up to 10 grams of pot a week, enough to roll 20 joints, under new rules governing the recently legalized marijuana trade in the country, a government source said on Thursday.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because President Jose Mujica has not yet decreed the new regulations, said the government will auction up to six licenses to produce cannabis legally.

Mujica is expected to sign off on the rules in coming days. He proposed the landmark legalization law to undermine drug trafficking.

On Dec. 23rd, President José Mujica signed into law a bill that creates a legal, regulated marijuana industry.

Despite backlash from the U.N. and neighbouring countries like Brazil, President Mujica believes legalization provides a better solution than prohibition, and will ultimately help combat drug trafficking.

While Uruguay is now the first and only country to fully legalize marijuana, other Latin American countries, including Argentina and Chile, are already looking to follow suit.

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` Uruguayan President Jose Mujica Will Accept Six Detainees from Guantanamo Bay ‘

#AceWorldNews – URUGUAY – May 16 – Uruguayan President José Mujica said on Thursday that his nation will accept six detainees from the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The Obama administration should move fast, the Washington Post quoted Mujica as saying.

“It can’t be too long,” he said, adding that he only has a “few months of government left.” Uruguay will accept a group of Arabs who have been cleared for release but can’t return to their nations, either because of war, fear of torture or security concerns about their home countries.

The offer could free the last four Syrian detainees at Guantanamo Bay, a Palestinian and a Tunisian, the paper said.

The White House has long pledged to close the 12-year-old military facility.

Washington Post

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` UN Committee against Torture Who Calls Nations to Defend their Human Rights Records Calls Vatican to Account ‘

#AceNewsServices – ROME – UNITED NATIONS – May 02 – The United Nations Committee against Torture, which requires nations to come before the panel and defend their human rights records, will put an unlikely subject on its hot seat next week when it calls in the Vatican.

The UN panel, which includes representatives from China, the U.S. and eight other nations, will meet in Geneva and call the Vatican to account for its record on torture and inhumane punishment in a procedure to be aired live on the Internet beginning Monday.

It’s standard procedure for all 155 nations that signed on to the committee’s convention to submit a report and come before the panel, and the Vatican is both a nation-state and a signatory.

Cyprus, Lithuania, Guinea, Montenegro, Sierra Leone, Thailand and Uruguay are also scheduled to appear beginning next week.

“The Holy See initiated the procedure by submitting their written report,” Felice Gaer, the U.S. representative and a vice-chair of the committee, told FoxNews.com.

At past sessions, nations that carry out or condone practices universally recognized as inhumane have been forced to defend their records.

The Centre for Constitutional Rights, which represents the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, has called for the committee to grill the Vatican regarding long-standing allegations of sexual abuse among clergy, contending failures in the Holy See’s response to the scandal amounts to a violation of the convention.

While it is possible the panel will raise long-standing allegations of sexual abuse among clergy, the Vatican report focuses mostly on what the church has and has not done to stop other nations from carrying out human rights violations.

Officials for the Holy See did not immediately return requests for comment.

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