The South American nation of Uruguay has become the first country in the world to legalize the cultivation, distribution, and consumption of marijuana, the Euro News website reports today (December 12, 2013).
The new law aims to take business and control of the drug away from drug traffickers.
A crowd gathered outside Congress to support the new law. The Senate approved the bill by a 16 to 13 vote.
From April 2014, users will be able to buy marijuana over the counter from licensed pharmacies. They must be at least 18 years old and registered on a government database that will monitor their purchases.