Uruguay president Jose’ “Pepe” Mujica, the forward-thinking leader who legalized marijuana as a means for cutting the throats of the country’s black market drug trade, has been nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
The Drugs Peace Institute, which has supported Mujica’s controversial vision to establish a new drug control paradigm since 2012, recently announced his nomination in a letter to the selection committee, citing “his contribution to world peace by legalizing cannabis cultivation and trade in his country” as the core for their recommendation.
Members of Mujica’s left-wing political party, the Frente Amplio, the PlantaTuPlanta and the Latin American Coalition of Cannabis Activists also cast nominations for the 78-year-old president.
“I’m very thankful to these people for honoring me,” said Mujica in a recent statement. “We are only proposing the right to try another path because the path of repression doesn’t work. We don’t know if we’ll succeed. We ask for support, scientific spirit and to understand that no addiction is a good thing. But our efforts go beyond marijuana - we're taking aim at the drug traffic.”
Mujica has stood by highly debated efforts to legalize marijuana, with the belief that drug trafficking thugs cannot thrive in a society that embraces a legal cannabis connection.
Before becoming president of Uruguay in 2010, Mujica was a part of a revolutionary group called the Tupamaros -- a radical movement known for engaging in political kidnappings, armed propaganda and assignations during the 1960’s and 1970’s. After democracy was overthrown in 1973, he spent 14-years in a military prison until 1985, when constitutional democracy was restored.
Making the transition from armed guerilla to elected official, Mujica served as the Minister of Livestock, Agriculture, and Fisheries and Senator before being elected as president. He has been deemed “the world’s poorest president” ever since vowing to donate 90% of his monthly earnings to charitable organizations and small business entrepreneurs.
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