Uruguay Votes to Legalize Pot

    A man smokes marijuana outside the Congress where lawmakers debate a bill to legalize marijuana and regulate production and distribution in Montevideo, Uruguay, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Uruguay's unprecedented proposal to fight organized crime by creating a legal, government-licensed marijuana market was fiercely debated by lawmakers Wednesday, as the governing coalition counted every vote in hopes of winning passage in the lower house of Congress. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

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    Uruguay’s lower house approved a bill that would legalize the consumption, production, and sale of marijuana. The Senate is expected to pass the bill, and President Jose Mujica supports it, arguing that it would allow the country to focus on street crime and the trafficking of more serious drugs. Under the law, people would be allowed to grow six plants per household. Companies could grow marijuana as well but their harvest would be bought by the government, which would sell the drug through pharmacies.

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