Uruguay could become the first country in the world to sell marijuana to its citizens as it attempts to fight a growing crime problem.
Under the plan, only the government would be allowed to sell marijuana to adults who have registered on a government database – letting officials keep track of their purchases over time.
Minister of Defense Eleuterio Fernandez Huidobro said the measure aims to weaken crime in the country by removing profits from drug dealers and diverting users from harder drugs.
Plans: Uruguay could become the first country in the world to sell marijuana to its citizens as it attempts to fight a growing crime problem
He said the bill would be sent to Congress soon, but an exact date had not been set.
‘We’re shifting toward a stricter state control of the distribution and production of this drug,’ Mr Fernandez Huidobro said.
‘It’s a fight on both fronts: against consumption and drug trafficking. We think the prohibition of some drugs is creating more problems to society than the drug itself.’
Media reports have said that people who use more than a limited number of marijuana cigarettes would have to undergo drug rehabilitation.