The Uruguayan lower house of parliament passed a bill that would create the world’s first legal, regulated marijuana markets Wednesday night. The bill passed on a vote of 50-46 after nearly 12 hours of debate.
“Sometimes small countries do great things,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). “Uruguay’s bold move does more than follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington. It provides a model for legally regulating marijuana that other countries, and US states, will want to consider — and a precedent that will embolden others to follow in their footsteps.”