URUGUAY: A conservative opposition MP in Uruguay has demanded a referendum to repeal a law legalising the sale and consumption of marijuana if it is passed by Senate on Tuesday.
Gerardo Amarilla, of the National Party, said it should be the citizens who decide the way to tackle the drugs market and said many believe legalization is the wrong way to deal with the problem.
The Senate is expected to vote on new legislation that would allow cannabis to be grown and sold under state controls to try to reduce drug crime.
It would be the first time a country had legalised the drug in an experimental law being closely watched by lawmakers around the world.
But Mr Amarilla has written to the director of Uruguay’s National Party to ask for the right to a referendum if the law is passed.