Uruguay President José Mujica Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for Legalising Marijuana

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By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | February 7, 2014 9:26 AM EST

José Mujica, Uruguay's president, whose advocates claim that his initiative of legalising marijuana in the country worked in favour of peace, has been declared as a Nobel Peace Prize nominee for 2014.

This is the second consecutive year when Mr Mujica is touted as a potential Nobel Peace Prize winner by the Drugs Peace Institute which has earlier supported his initiation of the legalisation of marijuana since 2012. The legalisation is based on the idea that marijuana consumption must be protected as one of the human rights.

The world has been harshly critical about the decision of legalising marijuana. However, Uruguay did not care much about the brouhaha and became the first nation in the entire world to legalise the production and sale of marijuana completely. The new law which is going to be totally implemented from April 2014 will allow Uruguay residents to have an access to the herb in various ways.

According to the Drugs Peace Institute, Mr Mujica's stand in favour of marijuana amid the hostility about it by the United Nations happens to be the symbol of a "new era" in a world which is divided in more ways than one. The claim that the legalisation will bridge the distance between defiant consumers of marijuana and the society that prohibits it.

The Dutch organisation further claimed that marijuana would have the power to heal the world which is "deeply divided" and "very confused" - according to them. The religious legacy of the world is responsible for its division, it claimed. Marijuana can be used, like it historically was, for "spiritual liberation"; they said in their Web site.

Mr Mujica was among the top 10 finalists for the Nobel in 2013. He was competing against Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenage girl who took a bullet in her head from the Taliban because she did not want to discontinue her studies. Even though Ms Yousafzai was widely believed to become the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, the award was eventually given to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

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