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A package of marijuana legally bought from a pharmacy in Montevideo, Uruguay, July 19, 2017 (DPA photo by Pablo Abarenga via AP).

With Marijuana Legal, Uruguay Should Heed Lessons From the Illicit Tobacco Trade

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017

In December 2013, Uruguay became the first country in the world to fully legalize and regulate the production, distribution and consumption of marijuana. Three and a half years later, pharmacies there finally began selling marijuana, the result of a long and complex regulatory process.

While the government’s strict regulations are likely to limit the emergence of a booming marijuana industry, what impact could full legalization have in Uruguay and beyond? Some lessons and warnings may be found in the illicit trade not of drugs, but of tobacco. ...

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