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Uruguay Legalized The Sale Of Marijuana But The Banks Are Not Dealing With Pharmacies That Sell It

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Uruguay made history last month by becoming the first country in the world to legalize the sale and purchase of recreational marijuana. Former Uruguayan President José Mujica was a champion for legalizing marijuana, which initially passed during his presidency. His rationale for legalization was that it would drive drug dealers out of business by introducing serious competition, according to The New York Times. Now that marijuana is legal for recreational use, Uruguayan politicians believe it will cut down on incarceration and ease the burden on the poorest in the country, who are the ones most often get caught in the drug trade.

However, it is now pharmacies that are being penalized for selling marijuana. Even though it is legal in Uruguay to sell marijuana, accepting drug money is still in violation of international banking regulations. According to a report by the Associated Press, the country’s banks, including Uruguay’s largest bank, Banco Republica, have warned pharmacies in the South American country that if they decide to sell marijuana, their accounts will be closed. As a result, the nation’s leading pharmacy has chosen not to sell marijuana to avoid issues.

“Without a doubt, in these processes of changing paradigms, they run up against moments of difficulty,” Diego Olivera, secretary-general of Uruguay’s National Drugs Council, told AP. “We are working on alternatives.”

Not only does receiving money from these pharmacies violate international banking regulations, not having a bank account is another burden on the pharmacies. AP reports that Uruguayan law dictates that employers can’t pay employees with cash or checks. Instead, companies are required to pay employee salaries via direct deposit.

Mujica, who is now a senator, is promising gridlock if there is no resolution to the problems facing his administration’s initiatives.

Read more about what is happening with Uruguay and their legal marijuana market here.

(H/T: Associated Press)


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Trump’s Building In Uruguay Is A Bust And It’s Not Even Completed Yet But American Taxpayers Did Pay A Price

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Trump’s Building In Uruguay Is A Bust And It’s Not Even Completed Yet But American Taxpayers Did Pay A Price

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Just because Donald Trump vowed to halt constructions on new projects in the U.S. (you know, conflict of interest since he is the president) — that doesn’t mean the Trump name isn’t extended to other projects overseas. Trump Inc. is still plowing through despite mounting legal issues, and the only one that can oversee the corporation is the youngest Trump (not Barron but Eric) since his elder siblings are either working in the White House or are still in the middle of their own legal issues in regards to the Russia investigation. And, so, the Trump name is still trying to conquer another building in Uruguay even though the project seems futile.

Eric Trump is thrilled to be opening a new Trump building in Uruguay, but it’s not really theirs.

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While Eric visited Uruguay in January, more details about the trip are now public.

“It’s incredible,” Eric said, according to The New York Times. “We have the best building anywhere in Punta del Este, anywhere in South America.”

The building does look to be very luxurious. It will reportedly be a “25-story, 156-condominium waterfront tower, complete with an indoor tennis court, multiple swimming pools and a rooftop helipad.” Fancy, right? Here’s the funny thing, it’s not really a Trump building.

Like most Trump real estate, the buildings that boast the Trump name do not belong to them. They are merely paying to put their name on the building. It’s like an advertisement. Trump Inc. does “take a cut of the revenue from selling units,” The New York Times reports.

The building is supposed to open by 2020 but according to people who work on the construction site, there’s no way that will happen because no one is actually doing the work. The hold up has a lot to do with red-tape due to the Trump name and the presidency.

Eric’s trip to Uruguay also cost U.S. tax payers almost $100,000.

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As the offspring of the president, the Trump kids (even if they’re adults) have the option to have a whole security team and who’d say no to that? Perhaps a civic-minded person who has Americans in their best interest? Not in this case. Eric’s trip cost U.S. taxpayers $97,830 which included travel for his Secret Service and embassy staffers and their hotel rooms.

READ: Eric Trump Put On A Sombrero And Had A Mexican-Themed Birthday Party, And The Internet Is Not Having It

Former Miss Uruguay Found Dead In Mexico City Hotel Room

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Former Miss Uruguay Found Dead In Mexico City Hotel Room

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The winner of Miss Uruguay 2006, who once represented her country at both the Miss Universe and Miss World competitions, has been found dead in a hotel room in Mexico City.

According to police, officers responded to an early morning emergency call and found a woman hanged in a hotel bathroom. The hotel is located in Napoles, a central neighborhood of Mexico’s capital city.

Shortly after discovering her body, authorities identified the victim as 31-year-old Fatimih Davila Sosa, a former Miss Uruguay who represented the country at the Miss Universe pageant in 2006 and the Miss World pageant in 2008.

Fatimih Davila Sosa’s unexpected death has caused an outpouring of shock and grief.

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A spokesperson for the Miss Universe pageant said: “We are deeply saddened by the news and passing of Fatimih Davila, Miss Universe Uruguay 2006. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time.”

Davila sought to enjoy every moment of her life, even traveling the world.

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In the years following her pageant competitions, Davila worked as a model and was known for her role in the Televisa telenovela, “Triunfo del Amor” from 2010-2011.

Davila’s page on the Miss World website said her interests included skydiving, reading, and dancing. Her motto was “Enjoy every moment in your life.”

According to reports, Davila was in Mexico City for a job interview.

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“Vamos a empezar el año 2019 sonriendo y con buena onda,” she wrote in her last Instagram post.

Officials say that she was not alone in her hotel room when she arrived in Mexico City.

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“An acquaintance helped her move into the mentioned hotel ahead of a job interview,” prosecutors said in a statement.

We are still waiting for an official ruling on the death but the prosecutor’s office said that a homicide investigation was launched to look into the circumstances surrounding the hanging and whether she took her own life or was perhaps killed.

There is speculation that her death is tied to a sex trafficking ring.

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According to Mexico’s El Universal, investigators are also looking into the possibility that Davila may have fallen victim to a prostitution web that promises foreign women work as models in Mexico, but then they become sex trafficking victims.

The New York Post reports that a book released in 2012 mentioned Davila’s name as a suspect in a sex trafficking ring. According to the New York Post, the sex ring worked to convince women that sleeping with powerful men would help their careers.

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