MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Pot is now almost completely legal in Uruguay.
On Tuesday, lawmakers gave final approval to a law that will allow Uruguayans to grow their own weed and smoke it freely — whether for medicinal or recreational use. Once signed by the country’s president, the legislation will pave the way for the government to license growers to cultivate cannabis, which will then be sold in pharmacies. It’s expected to take effect in April 2014.
The Uruguayan weed experiment has put this little South American country on the map. Governments around the world will now be watching to see what happens here, and if the new uber-liberal legislation has the intended effect: curbing a crime surge that many blame on drugs.
But what do everyday Uruguayans think about the new law?
Well, as of September, 61 percent of Uruguayans opposed it, according to a respected poll. And opposition lawmakers are threatening a referendum that would allow residents to vote directly on the fate of the law.
Uruguayans not all that happy about government’s decision to legalize weed
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