Uruguay is first nation to allow legal sale of marijuana

Senate approves plan on 16-3 vote

McClatchy Washington BureauDecember 11, 2013 

Uruguay will become the first nation to fully legalize the sale of marijuana. Here, juvenile plants grow under artificial light at the Gaia Plant-Based Medicine grow operation in Denver.


Uruguay made history on Tuesday, becoming the first nation to fully legalize the sale of marijuana.

In a long-awaited vote, the Senate approved the plan 16 to 3.

Under the new law, residents will be allowed to cultivate up to six plants and membership clubs of up to 45 members will be allowed to collectively produce 99 plants. Marijuana will also be sold at pharmacies.

Uruguay joins the states of Colorado and Washington state, which will begin selling marijuana for recreational use in 2014.


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