MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) - Uruguay's government plans to take a
step beyond legalizing marijuana. It wants to sell it.
Local news media and lawmakers report that the government plans
to send a bill to Congress on Wednesday that would legalize
marijuana sales as a crime-fighting measure. Only the government
would be allowed to sell the cigarettes, and only to adults registered as users.
Those who exceed a limited number of cigarettes allowed would
have to undergo drug rehabilitation.
The idea is to remove profits from drug dealers and divert users
from harder drugs. There are no laws against marijuana use itself
Ruling party Sen. Monica Xavier tells local TV that if the measure passes, it should be accompanied by efforts to get people off drugs.