Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Lawmakers in Uruguay voted yesterday to legalize and regulate marijuana in an effort to combat drug traffickers.
The small South American country had invested personnel and money fighting its war on drugs, and views the legalization of marijuana as an experiment. Senator Luis Rosadilla of the ruling Broad Front party voted in favor of the measure, noting "Uruguay has taken a step forward... We'll see how it works, and we'll continue looking for solutions."
As it is currently written, the law permits individuals to grow up to six marijuana plants and possess up to 480 grams for personal use. Marijuana clubs with between 15 and 45 members may grow up to 99 plants at a time. Users must register, including those whose use is medically-prescribed. Licensed pharmacies will also be able to sell marijuana.