Marijuana

Uruguay Poised to Become First Country to Legalize Marijuana Sales

Senate expected to give final approval today

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Uruguay will probably become the first country in the world to legalize the sale of marijuana as the Senate today is poised to give final approval to a bill presented by President Jose Mujica.

Mujica, who controls 16 of the 31 seats in Senate, said the bill will undermine a $30 million-a-year trade by criminals, allowing pharmacies to sell as much as 40 grams of marijuana a month to registered users. His proposal, which has been approved by a 50-46 vote in the lower house, would create a state-regulated market with prices set by the government. The senate began debating the bill at 10.30 a.m. in Montevideo.