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Uruguay becomes first country in the world to let marijuana users light up wherever they want

Uruguay has become the first country to completely legalise cannabis.

The country became the first place in the world to permit the professional cultivation of marijuana plants in 2014 and from July new legislation it will be legal to sell it over the counter.

The move will make it the first country in the entire world where anyone can buy or sell the drug.

In countries who are more famous for their lax approach to cannabis, such as the Netherlands, the drug remains technically illegal even if the law is not enforced and local authorities will grant licences to shops and cafes selling it.

Demonstrators lighting up outside the seat of the Uruguayan government in Montevideo (Photo: AFP)

In other places, such as the US, weed has been legalised by individual states but it remains illegal at a federal level.

The move to legalising marijuana came after...

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