URUGUAY: Is set to become the first country to fully legalize and regulate the growing, selling and taxation of marijuana.
Late Wednesday night, legislators in the lower house narrowly passed the Regulation of Marijuana bill, wide-ranging legislation that, if successful, will propel this small South American nation to the vanguard of progressive drug policy worldwide.
The legislation, which now proceeds to an expected easy ride in the country’s Senate, is unprecedented in its scope and potential impact. The Uruguayan government plans to experiment with policies that have never before been tested on a national scale, and the world’s eyes will be watching.
So, how did this tiny country of a few more than 3 million inhabitants find itself at the forefront of drug law experimentation? What sets the Uruguayan approach apart from other countries like the Netherlands, or states like Colorado, that have decriminalized pot? And how likely is this legislation to succeed anyway?
GlobalPost has identified five key takeaways from the groundbreaking Uruguayan marijuana bill.