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World first as Uruguay plans to sell marijuana

URUGUAY is planning a radical approach to the legalisation of marijuana by proposing the sale of the drug be controlled by the state.

The government is to become the first in the world to control the production, distribution and commercialisation of the drug. Under the proposals, the state would sell marijuana to citizens, who would have to register on a database. It would also impose a maximum of "marijuana cigarettes" that can be consumed -- reported to be 40 per month. Those who exceed that will be sent to rehabilitation centres, financed by taxes from marijuana sales.

The government said the measures were an attempt to tackle the increase in drug-related crime. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent