WZTV - Search Results

The following is an archived video story. The text content of that video story is available below for reference. The original video has been deleted and is no longer available.

Pot Legalization a Signature Away in Uruguay

Stream Fox 17 newscasts LIVE starting with Fox 17 This Morning at 5 am and News at 9 pm.

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- Uruguay's Senate has approved the world's first national marketplace for legal marijuana, an audacious and risky plan that puts the government in charge of growing, selling and using a drug that is illegal almost everywhere else.

   Tuesday's vote was 16 to 13, with the governing Broad Front majority united in favor. It now awaits the signature of President Jose Mujica, who wants the market to begin operating next year.

   Polls say two-thirds of Uruguayans are opposed to a government-run marijuana industry. But Mujica says he's convinced the global drug war is a failure and feels bureaucrats can do a better job of containing addictions and beating organized crime than police and soldiers.

Follow us on Twitter @wztv_fox17 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates.