At the end of 2013, Uruguay became the first country to fully legalize the production and sale of cannabis. Uruguay's government is convinced the liberal drug policy is the most effective way of stamping out the illegal trade in cannabis.
A "cannabis lobby" is pushing for marijuana to be legalized in Germany, according to a German lawmaker who presented the annual report on drugs. The conservative Marlene Mortler urged more help for children of addicts.
Uruguay has become the first country in the world to legalize the sale of cannabis in pharmacies without a prescription. Sixteen pharmacies will sell the herbal remedy from Wednesday, the government has said.
Uruguay is set to become the first country to allow recreational marijuana to be sold in pharmacies. It is the final step of a nearly four-year process to legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana.
Medicinal marijuana has been legal in Canada for years, but one of Justin Trudeau's election pledges was to permit recreational use as well. Jillian Kestler-D'Amours reports from Toronto as the wheels begin to turn.
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