Lawmakers debated a bill to legalize marijuana and regulate production and distribution in Montevideo, Uruguay, in this July 31, 2013, file photo.
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published Thursday, August 1st, 2013
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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Uruguay is poised to become the first nation to create a legal, regulated marijuana market, encouraging growers and sellers to produce enough pot to keep users from depending on illegal drug traffickers.