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Uruguay legalized weed 6 years ago and experts say it's made the country better than ever

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WASHINGTON (CIRCA via MOBIUS.LAB) — Uruguay became the first country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana in 2017, following the legalization of marijuana use and growing in 2013.

Since, the Latin American country has seen drug-related crime drop by 20 percent.

Experts say legalization has taken the country out of the war on drugs. Drug trafficking cases are less common; so are violent crimes involving Mexican and Colombian drug cartels.

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The flag of Uruguay pinned on a map. (MarkRubens/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Locals no longer have to rely on the black market for cannabis—since they're able to grow up to six plants for personal use, buy legally at a licensed dispensary, or join membership clubs where they can purchase up to 40 grams per month.

Uruguay has paved the way for the legalization of cannabis in South America.

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