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Uruguay Becomes World's First Nation To Legalize Pot Sales, Growth, Usage

In what Reuters describes as a  "pioneering social experiment" that  will be watched around the globe, Uruguay yesterday became the world's first nation to completely legalize marijuana.
A government-sponsored bill approved by 16-13 votes in the Senate provides for regulation of the cultivation, distribution and consumption of marijuana and is aimed at wresting the business from criminals in the small South American nation. Backers of the law, some smoking joints, gathered near Congress holding green balloons, Jamaican flags in homage to Bob Marley and a sign saying: "Cultivating freedom, Uruguay grows." Cannabis consumers will be able to buy a maximum of 40 grams (1.4 ounces) each month from licensed pharmacies as long as they are Uruguayan residents over the age of 18 and registered on a government database that will monitor their monthly purchases.
In addition to the commercial sales, Uruguayans will be able to grow their own at home, with a limit of 480 grams per year.

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