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.
Canadians can now purchase and grow their own marijuana after a two-year effort by the government. While enthusiasts have hailed the move, some health officials have warned of the perils of an "uncontrolled experiment."
South Africa's legalization of cannabis might trigger trafficking and abuse in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), writes Tanzanian columnist Anaclet Rwegayura. Tanzania is an SADC founding member.
After recreational marijuana became legal in Canada, the Vienna-based International Narcotics Control Board slammed the decision in a statement calling the step incompatible with UN international drug treaties.
The stock market has a new star sector: cannabis companies. The drug is conquering the United States and the legalization campaign is also pulling some big investors into the business, including Coca-Cola.
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