MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Julio Calzada is the top drug official in the little nation of Uruguay, which has gained notoriety over the last year for becoming the first country to legalize the cultivation, sale and consumption of marijuana.
Calzada, whose party faces a tough re-election battle on Oct. 26, sat down with GlobalPost this week to discuss Uruguay's unparalleled legalization experiment.
In doing so, the national drug agency's secretary-general unleashed a few bombshells.
Here are the five most interesting things he said.
1. The pot will be taxed because of course it will
Last month, GlobalPost reported that one of the two big lies about legal marijuana in Uruguay is that it would be sold to the public tax-free. The article pointed out that Uruguay plans to charge the companies growing pot a variable fee, which will oscillate depending on the price of black market weed.
Calzada totally agreed with that conclusion.