The government expects raising millions thanks to marijuana taxes
Uruguay was the first country in the world to legalize the personal cultivation, consumption and sale of cannabis, but the government is moving a step closer to a full commercial market for it, by awarding licenses for businesses to grow the drug.
Many supporters hope the policy might also lead to a breakthrough in cannabis research for medical purposes, which could improve the situation of thousands of people from other countries who can not access easily to cannabis derivates.
Experts, researches and businessmen from the whole world go to Uruguay to continue with their projects and studies. In some states of the USA, like Colorado, marijuana has been legalized, but federal laws still prohibit medical tests with this drug. From North America people believe that if these tests are positive cannabis will start being seen in a very different way.
Meanwhile, other countries keep an eye on Uruguay. Its government could raise millions thanks to marijuana taxes with the view of investing on education or healthcare programs. If this risky measure works other nations might began applying it in their territories.
All the information about the historical evolution cannabis situation in the South American country is available in this deep Wikipedia post detailing all the steps that have taken place until the final legalization of the substance and the subsequent policies to manage its consumption, sale and cultivation.