Pot now fully legal in Uruguay

Yes, fully. From TRNN:

The Latin American country of Uruguay has become the first nation to fully legalize marijuana. Marijuana's use was already permitted in Uruguay, but on Tuesday the country's senate voted to also fully legalize its growth and sale. Starting next April, you can be able to buy pot at pharmacies for $1 a gram. The move was aimed at reducing the influence of drug cartels and increasing tax revenue.

Maybe I have missed it but I haven't seen any US propaganda directed at Uruguay about this issue. Of course, people aren't going to grow pot in Uruguay and ship it to the US. Thus, we only see concern when drug legalization seems to happen in places where the country might be either a supplier or trans-shipment country for the US-based consumers.

To the north of Nicaragua, Guatemala continues to talk about legalization citing the huge costs to the country -- both financial and in terms of crime itself -- because a lot of cocaine is shipped across the country. Actually, in the region, Nicaragua seems to be the least interested in a path to legalization.

So, what's next? My guess is that we will see more countries in the south of South America follow Uruguay's lead and we will see a tide of pro-pot legislation head northward.

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not exactly true

there has been US media backlash, but through the UN treaty that all nations were forced to sign regarging what is concidered a controlled substance, etc. Ecuador's president went a different route because of these pressures and made it an illness and only dealers have the illegal burden. This is quite diffrerent in that he thumbed his nose to the UN, which of course is the self appointed drug enforcement agency of the world and that is another story for another day. It is also this UN treaty pressures that states in the US have to deal with through the federal drug enforcement agencies. Uruguay's president is not out of the woods as of yet and is being forced to (discuss) this move with UN officials. Uruguay's president has sited US states moves away from federal controls and the US media can't make a direct attack for this reason and will be done so through the UN treaty avenue is my guess.

No official U.S. response or criticism...

There was no official U.S. response or criticism per the move. Even the U.S. Embassy in Uruguay failed to make any real official assessment or pronouncement. This might have been complicated by the fact that two U.S. states recently did something similar, and the fact that several major U.S.-based think-tanks consulted and campaigned for the changes in Uruguay (Drug Policy Alliance and George Soros Open Society Foundation were the biggest supporters). The general public in Uruguay was not strongly behind this, and polls show them against this change (polls differ, but range from about 50% to 70% against the move), and the vote itself not exactly a landslide at 16/13. One promotional tactic was that the move undermines the violent criminal drug trade. This might be a stretch given that marijuana is not expensive in the area and violent drugs clashes are not usually tied to this particular drug - which you could already use there.