URUGUAY: There’s a revolution happening in the streets of this sleepy South American capital — one full of controversial land mines, landmark precedents and intense international heat.
It’s the kind of uprising you can smell, and it’s a familiar scent in Colorado.
Marijuana is on the lips and minds of many Uruguayans. While the possession of cannabis has been federally legal here since 1974,the government’s recent effort to regulate the sale of recreational marijuana has thrust the quiet, modest country of 3.3 million into the international limelight.
Uruguay will be the only country in the world with legal, regulated recreational marijuana sales, and President José Mujica — who donates 80 to 90 percent of his salary to the poor and opts to live at his semirural flower farm instead of the opulent, more traditional presidential palace — is at the center of the lively national conversation.