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.