An interview with the President of Uruaguay who has legalised (via a strictly regulated system) use, limited possession and production of marijuana. Ignoring the underlying topic, there is much potential for discussion around the concept of freedom, the implementation of public policy (‘walk slowly’) and an example of a method of regulating a pre-existing (albeit underground / previously illegal) industry.
What is your conception of freedom?
If i have to take a drug in order to be free, I’m screwed. Freedom is here [taps his head]. Otherwise it doesn’t exist. You can’t buy freedom in little jars. That’s a brutal dependency. Then again I’m old… maybe my outlook on life is old fashioned.
José Mujica, President of Uruaguay, 2014
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BwVxmJPies – interview for Vice youtube channel
- http://www.economist.com/blogs/americasview/2014/08/uruguay – interview with the Economist around the President’s views on his term in office
“Given the importance of technology for our future well-being, suggestions that Guernsey should aspire to be in the Top 10 global jurisdictions for technology have been both promoted and rubbished by those in government and the wider Guernsey community during 2014. ”
Titled ‘Digital Guernsey – Do We Have A Hope?’ – this presentation will summarise our current position, highlight some international leaders, look at current local plans and question how organised and resourced we are. John Hollis, retired from Accenture, the global management consulting and technology firm, as a partner, having run various industry, functional or innovation centre parts of the firm in his 25 years there. He is currently the Non States Member of the Treasury & Resources Board, States of Guernsey.
Members and Non-Members are welcome – book online at https://events.bcs.org/book/1241/
More information on the activities of the BCS Guernsey International Section is available at http://guernsey.bcs.org/