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Uruguay's historic marijuana policies to roll out this month

The underlying intention of its legalization policies is to take business away from the contintent’s deadly narco businesses.

Uruguay’s bid to allow the sale of recreational marijuana in pharmacies, under its revolutionary law that fully legalized the production, sale and consumption of marijuana in 2013, is due to come into force this month.

Becoming the first country in the world to uphold such drug policies, Uruguay’s intentions, tabled under the leadership of leftist guerrilla-turned-former President Jose Mujica, is to take business away from the contintent’s deadly narco businesses.

For the country’s citizens, the policy is life-altering.

"No one has to go to the village to get (marijuana) anymore. Traffickers no longer care about marijuana, they do not leave them money. They go to other drugs. When I see the problems that exist in other countries for smoking I consider myself fortunate," Lucas Lopez, who recently opened a marijuana dispensary...

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