Uruguay to make marijuana legal in trailblazing gamble
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AFP) - Uruguay is to give the green light on Tuesday to making marijuana legal, in a social experiment that countries plagued by drug-related crime worldwide will watch.
The legal change in this largely rural and well-educated South American nation of just 3.3 million looms large with a vote in the Senate.
The Lower House of Congress passed the Bill in August, so passage in the Upper House is assured because the ruling leftist Broad Front coalition controls both.
"It is going to be a history-making day. This puts Uruguay squarely in the forefront of changing policymaking and strategies," said Senator Luis Gallo of the Broad Front.