As The Death Toll In Venezuela Continues To Rise, Marco Rubio Presents A $10 Million Bill To Provide Food And Medicine To Venezuelans

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On Wednesday, Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, both of Florida, introduced legislation meant to address the crisis in Venezuela, where the government continues to respond with brutal and sometimes deadly force against anti-government demonstrators who want President Nicolás Maduro to step down.

The bipartisan bill, spearheaded by Rubio and Nelson, would provide $10 million in aid for food and medicine.

Of this fund, $9.5 million would be used by organizations defending human rights and the coordination of an international response led by the State Department as well as other measures to mitigate the ongoing turmoil in Venezuela.

The situation in Venezuela is dire as the death toll continues to rise.

At least 36 people have been killed and hundreds more have been injured since the protests started last month. All this while the country is ill-equipped to treat the casualties due to medical shortages.

“Venezuelan civilians are being harmed and killed by their own government as the dictator Maduro and his thugs use violence to suppress peaceful pro-democracy protests,” Rubio said. “The United States must stand with and support the Venezuelan people as they struggle to defend their rights and restore constitutional mechanisms and bring back democracy in their country.”

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Marijuana Is About To Be Legalized For Uruguayan Citizens


Marijuana Is About To Be Legalized For Uruguayan Citizens


In 2013, Uruguay voted to legalize the mainstream sale and consumption of marijuana, and starting in July, Quartz reports, citizens will have the ability to purchase weed from retail establishments.



Of course, we don’t mean that retail establishments like Wal-Mart are going to be selling it.

Starting in July, Uruguayan consumers can purchase up to 40 grams a month at sanctioned pharmacies.

You just know the Yelp reviews at these places are going to get super weird.

And they can get it at the low price of $1.30 per gram.


While it’s not free, it’s definitely cheaper than most places, Yahoo! reports. The low price is Uruguay’s way of undermining the black market, which currently charges more twice that price.

As Quartz points out, weed can cost residents of Washington, where recreational marijuana is legal, around $7.00 per gram.


That’s quite a big difference in price.

Tourists won’t be able to purchase marijuana. Only Uruguayan citizens and legal residents can register to buy recreational weed.

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Pot has been mostly legal in Uruguay for a while, Yahoo! News reports. Uruguayans have had permission to have their homegrown weed, and it has been legal to smoke in clubs. The law making pot legal for consumers to buy was passed in 2013, but it has taken several years to get the specifics ready. Consumers will have to submit fingerprints so that the government can keep track of their consumption.

Uruguay’s government has sent out public service announcements using the hashtag #RegularEsSerResponsable.

Or, “To regulate is to be responsible.”

Read: Here Are The 11 Stages People Who Can’t Handle Weed Go Through When They Get High

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