What Uruguay Legalizing Marijuana Means For The World

08/05/2013 10:36 am ET
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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Uruguay is set to become the first country to fully legalize and regulate the growing, selling and taxation of marijuana.

Late Wednesday night, legislators in the lower house narrowly passed the Regulation of Marijuana bill, wide-ranging legislation that, if successful, will propel this small South American nation to the vanguard of progressive drug policy worldwide.

The legislation, which now proceeds to an expected easy ride in the country’s Senate, is unprecedented in its scope and potential impact. The Uruguayan government plans to experiment with policies that have never before been tested on a national scale, and the world’s eyes will be watching.

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