Uruguay becomes first nation to legalise Marijuana trade

Uruguay becomes first nation to legalise Marijuana trade

Uruguay becomes first nation to legalise Marijuana trade

Written by Bella Dalima

11 Dec, 2013 | 3:57 pm

Uruguay has become the first country in the world to make it legal to grow, sell and consume Marijuana. Senators gave the government-sponsored bill their historic final approval after nearly twelve hours of debate.

The law allowing registered Uruguayans over 18 to buy up to 40g of the drug a month is not expected to come into force before April. The government hopes it will help tackle drug cartels, but critics say it will expose more people to drugs.

Dozens of supporters of the bill proposed by the left-wing President Jose Mujica gathered outside the Congress in Montevideo to follow the vote. Presenting the bill to fellow Senators, Roberto Conde said it was an unavoidable response to reality, given that the “war” against drugs had failed.

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