Montevideo Shows the Way

Matilde Campodonico / AP

A crop of marijuana plants flourishes in the closet of a private home in Montevideo.

Over the past two decades, governments large and small have bucked the prohibitionist, punitive war-on-drugs paradigm wrought by Richard Nixon in 1971. Amsterdam has its marijuana and hashish coffee shops; Portugal decriminalized the consumption of all drugs in 2001. Barcelona and the Basque country in Spain introduced cannabis clubs a few years back; 20 states and the District of Columbia in the U.S. have legislated the legal medical use of marijuana; Washington and Colorado voted to accept and regulate the recreational production, distribution, possession and use of weed. And Bolivia has successfully fought for the right of its inhabitants...

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