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Uruguay is first nation to allow legal sale of marijuana

Rob Hotakainen

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.

 


Rob Hotakainen
McClatchy Washington Bureau