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Legalization of Recreational Marijuana in Uruguay

Researched and written by Mara Welty

The sale of recreational marijuana in Uruguay marks a historical shift in the government’s strategy to combat illegal drug trafficking and establishes Uruguay as the first country to legalize marijuana. The controversial law, which was backed by President José Mujica in 2013, allows marijuana to be sold in select pharmacies to those who are part of a registry. In July, those who were registered flocked to designated vendors as participants in the country’s progressive experiment against illicit drug markets.

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