Uruguay's marijuana experiment is evaporating

DENVER, Colo. — It’s been more than 18 months since the tiny South American country of Uruguay legalized the cultivation, taxation and sale of recreational marijuana.

The most striking element of Uruguay’s legislation is that the government has pledged to hire companies to cultivate its own marijuana, which will then be sold to the public in pharmacies.

Yet, more than a year and a half later, and the Uruguayan government is yet to announce even the companies that will be growing its weed. In January, a government minister told reporters that the government was days away from announcing the companies. That never happened.

The most radical part of Uruguay’s pioneering pot plan looks in trouble. The pot law was pushed forwards by Uruguay’s former President Jose “Pepe” Mujica, a left-wing former revolutionary, who also ushered in the legalization of gay marriage and abortion. But Mujica, who was termed...

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