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On Dec. 23, Uruguayan President Jose Mujica signed a new law that fully legalizes marijuana in his country.This is an important victory in the fight against drug prohibition: It marks the first full legalization of an illicit drug since worldwide drug prohibition began in 1919 . Even in Uruguay, majority opinion still opposes legalization, and other countries – particularly the U.S. – may yet intervene in Uruguay's legalization decision.The U.S. pushed drug prohibition on the world via the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, and its role as "prohibitionist-in-chief" has continued under the United Nation's drug-control treaties – which, by the way, appear to bar Uruguay from legalizing marijuana. While U.S. opposition to Uruguay's new law has so far been muted – perhaps because of recent marijuana legalizations in the states of Colorado and Washington – the next U.S. president may decide to take a harder line against marijuana.
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