Uruguay made a significant move towards the legalization of marihuana on July 31, after Congress passed a bill that might turn Uruguay, pending Senate approval, into the first country to assume control of the whole production and sale process of cannabis worldwide. Currently, marihuana consumption is punishable in Uruguay, but it is commercialized. The bill passed with 50 out of 96 votes, after nearly 14 hours of debate, with only the support of the leftist governing party, Frente Amplio (FA), which also holds the majority at the Senate. “It is the first step,” Martín Collazo told AFP, spokesman for “Responsible Regulation”, an organization that has promoted the project through public campaigns. “We are convinced that the model will work, and it will be beneficial for the population.” The bill launched in June 2012 with a series of measures to combat the increase of violence, and anticipates the State to take control and regulate its import, planting, cultivation, harvest, production, acquisition, storage, commercialization and distribution of cannabis and its derivatives. After users are registered, they could buy up to 40 grams of cannabis per month in pharmacies, although cultivation at home and at membership clubs might also be possible. A recent survey by Cifra showed that 63% of the population does not support the controversial project, promoted by José Mujica’s government, showing their apprehension about it. The National Board of Narcotics (JND) estimates that about 22 tons of marihuana are commercialized in the country annually, which means an illegal business turning over between 30 to 40 million dollars. By Dialogo August 02, 2013 The ballot was welcomed with a round of applause by over 100 supporters of the cannabis legalization who witnessed the session.
Gfinity has announced that BT Sport have joined in with broadcasting their Elite Series. This deal comes a few days after BBC Three broadcast the fourth week of competition on their online platform.The partnership will see the remainder of the Elite Series broadcast on the BT Sport platform. The first of which will be the one-hour Street Fighter V show, at 9:30pm on BT Sport 3. Due to it being shown on a non-match day, the programme is most likely a repeat of the episode shown on BBC3 on Friday night. Showings of the CS:GO and Rocket League are set to be similar, with the Counter Strike getting a two-hour showing of their game day. The first showings are up on the BT Sports calendar. Just ignore the spelling…Neville Upton, Chief Executive of Gfinity, said: “We are very pleased to launch this partnership and deliver the Elite Series to our fans on TV, through BT Sport. BT Sport has shown a commitment to be at the forefront of sports broadcasting and this is an amazing opportunity to bring esports to a new audience in the UK, showcasing the incredible engagement and passion of the gamers and fans. We look forward to working with BT Sport to grow esports in the UK through engaging and innovative new content.”Andy Haworth, BT’s managing director of content and strategy, added: “This fantastic tie-up with Gfinity marks our latest move to support and engage with the passionate and extensive gaming community here in the UK. The popularity of competitive gaming is growing rapidly and we are excited to announce that the inaugural season of the Elite Series will be broadcast on BT Sport.”Esports Insider says: Once again, more big and exciting news coming from Gfinity regarding their Elite Series. Now they hit the main TV screens in the UK – how much larger can the project grow?