Baker Institute expert available to comment on Uruguay’s vote to legalize marijuana

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Baker Institute expert available to comment on Uruguay’s vote to legalize marijuana
Jones: Passage could make Uruguay the tip of the spear in international alternative drug policy

HOUSTON – (Aug. 1, 2013) – Uruguay’s lower house Wednesday night approved a broad measure to legalize marijuana. The bill now goes to the Senate, where lawmakers have assured President José Mujica that they have a comfortable majority to approve it. Mujica supports the bill and has said that it is needed to redirect police resources toward fighting street crime and smugglers involved in trafficking other types of drugs.

NATHAN JONES

Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and an expert on drug violence, is available to comment on the near- and long-term implications of this development.

“Uruguay’s passage of a marijuana legalization bill in its lower house could make it the tip of the spear in international alternative drug policy,” Jones said. “As the first nation to legalize marijuana, it could provide the world a model for how to deny significant profits to organized crime that victimize society through drug violence.”

The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available for media who want to schedule an interview with Jones. For more information, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.

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