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Uruguay to sell legal marijuana

Uruguay plans to sell legal marijuana for one US dollar per gramme, the country's drug tsar has said.

A law already passed in the lower house of Congress and expected to pass in the Senate later this year would make Uruguay the first country in the world to license and enforce rules for the production, distribution and sale of marijuana for adult consumers.

The El Pais newspaper reported that drug chief Julio Calzada says marijuana sales should start in the second half of next year.

He says the idea is not to make money but to take the market away from illegal dealers.

Mr Calzada said in August that the price would be around 2.5 dollars per gramme.

Sales will be for locals only.

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