I recently came across this excellent documentary "Cannabis In Uruguay" on Google Play. Unlike most cannabis related documentaries I've seen, this one is all about how people power changed Uruguay's cannabis laws for the betterment of the people.
It comprehensively outlines the struggles and strategies that were required to change these global archaic and unjust laws initially structured for corrupt businesses and governments, rather than the health of people they govern.


This movie is a refreshingly different movie about the cannabis movement that is sweeping the globe, if only Australia had the same collective strength as the Uruguayans, the government would be forced to change the laws to be similar to those of Uruguay.
The laws that are presently in place in Australia have changed nothing and will change nothing, cannabis for the sick is still unavailable, doctors know nothing about cannabis, little new research is being done.
In reality the government just placated the initial wave of interest in cannabis as a medicine and as usual, made promises that were neglected.
Over 90% of the Australian population were in favor of medical cannabis, as seen on the ABC program Insight, which was a decent reflection of interest.
The guidelines that the government have implemented will only cater for wealthy Australians, really wealthy!. Who can afford an additional $300-500 per week for medication? and for those that suffer a chronic illness like arthritis or similar, it's an impossible ask.
On top of which their model for medical cannabis fuels the illegal trade and creates criminal activity, counter productive.Is this what we Australians want? more crime.

So for all of you that are interested in fixing the war on drugs and having access to a better holistic form of medicine, I suggest watching this doco.

Intro supplied by Journeyman:

Uruguay on a high after marijuana regulation

Cannabis in Uruguay"What's happening to us? Why is there so much violence? What makes it so difficult?" Jose Mujica assumed the presidency of Uruguay seeking a solution to quell the rivers of blood raging from the war on drugs. In 2013, his government passed pioneering and historic legislation to become the first country to comprehensively regulate the cannabis market. This rigorous doc charts the rise and success of this ruling.
Uruguay's new era is unveiled in a 'Green Dawn'. Excited young Uruguayans splash murals of green over city walls, hang green flowers from signposts, deck trees with green banners, string green balloons between lampposts, even bedeck a statue of Michelangelo's David in green fabric. The sense of pride, optimism, and excitement is palpable. Green, the color of new life, spring, and vivacity, glows from the streets of Montevideo.
It has taken a long time to get to this stage. For thousands of years, people all over South America found a host of uses for the plant, from clothing, to medicine and recreation. However, at the dawn of the 20th century, the seeds of drug prohibition were sown. They grew grotesquely into a full-scale war under the "moral crusade" of Richard Nixon in the 1970s, a development which had particularly disastrous consequences in South America. Several countries were in the grip of despots, who used drug policy as a means of "flagrantly violating human rights and doing away with basic liberties".
In Uruguay, the politicised use of drug enforcement policy engendered an equally politicized opposition, and the marijuana issue became a lightning rod for youth-led social justice movements. This is most clearly expressed in the annual Global Marijuana March. Sebastian Aguiar describes how "any young person could join [the march] and feel that they belonged, and, from then on, take part in countless initiatives."
As a result of substantial political pressure, political wrangling, and a huge public relations campaign, 2013 finally saw the regulation of marijuana under the Mujica government. However, leaders of this policy change know that this must be the beginning of a more global effort. "We need the global paradigm to change, or else Uruguay will end up alone, isolated in terms of its initiative."