"Surely, in the second half of 2014 the system you can start to develop. Allow time to harvest and sell," he told El Pais in July Calzada, Secretary General of the National Drug Board .
The proposed legalization of marijuana has been partially approved in the Lower House, with 50 positive votes against 46 against and three absences. Now subtract a vote in the Senate, although according Calzada, this should not mean any problem.
Therefore, the government has already started working on the implementation of the law and plan basic issues like the price: the drug will cost one dollar per gram and each user, to be recorded in a database that will be made public, may purchase up to 40 grams per month.
The value of the drugs was set so that "can compete" with drug traffickers. "The cost of marijuana at the time of dispensing must be assimilated to the range where you get legal marijuana. The Paraguayan pressing current price, which is what is usually sold here, is at about a dollar a gram . Therefore, we will put marijuana under state control also produced in this price environment, "said Calzada.
Against drug trafficking
"We want to take away your market drug trafficking," he said last month President Jose Mujica in the General Assembly of the United Nations. On this point, Calzada said that " the illegal market is very risky and poor quality "and that the State is" to provide a safe place to buy, a good quality product and over it will sell at the same price. "