The South American country of Uruguay will send a plan to Congress on Wednesday that will legalize the sale of marijuana. The intent of the bill is to cut down on violence and crime related to drug sales.
By removing profits from drug cartels, their presence will be greatly diminished in the country. In addition, allowing users to purchase and smoke marijuana legally would encourage the choice of marijuana over harder, more addictive drugs.
Should the bill pass, the government will be the only party allowed to sell marijuana cigarettes. In order to buy them, adults would have to register as a user.
Under the bill, the amount purchased by each registered user would be monitored, and those who buy excessive amounts will be required to participate in drug rehabilitation.