Cannabis legislation has reduced illegal imports into Paraguay
Uruguay’s Senate has passed a bill to regulate medical cannabis seeking to make it more affordable and easily accessible. The bill, “A Comprehensive Law for the Promotion and Access to Medical and Therapeutic Cannabis,” was introduced and approved by Congress. Assistant Presidential Secretary Juan Andrés Roballo confirmed that a regulated cannabis market in 2018 helped one in three consumers.
The legal cannabis market help to “reduce” the illegal importation of Paraguayan cannabis joints: “This has to do with public health and safety,” said Assistant Presidential Secretary Juan Andrés Roballo.
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Cannabis consumers in Uruguay
The data on the monitoring and evaluation of the law that regulated the cannabis market in Uruguay was recently presented. According to the data, one out of every three cannabis consumers accesses the legal market through one of the three legal channels to do so.
Roballo opened the press conference and pointed out that this state policy “gives results.” Similar policies in countries like Uruguay are also showing promising results that should encourage European and American nations to follow suit and begin to deregulate cannabis.
Cannabis regulation process
Roballo pointed out that scientific evidence shows that the path of regulation is the most effective way to handle cannabis. “This is a process that still requires a lot of work, but is beginning to show us verifiable results,” he said.
The head of the presidency began to outline some of the report’s salient findings. For example, he noted that in 2018 the regulated market reached one in three consumers. “This is encouraging,” he confirmed.
The legal cannabis market in Uruguay
From 2014 to 2018, the legal market reduced by five times the illegal commercialization of Paraguayan cannabis. “A good portion of that cannabis product was taken from the illegal market. From 58% it fell to 11%. This has to do with public safety and people’s health,” he said.
Notably, 16% of cannabis users present “signs” of problematic use, although Roballo noted that in the last three editions of this report “there are no considerable changes” in this regard. “Problematic use did not increase, it remained stable,” he said. This is demonstrating that the objective of influencing the perception of risks is being met, since “the trend is also being reversed.”
“We can give the good news for both occasional and frequent use, the decrease in risk perception was reversed. This is very important because it has to do with the incidence of information that people handle. The campaign we have carried out is generating a cultural change in the matter,” he added.
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