American government to stick to selling guns and state lotto tickets. Via the Washington Post:
Peaceful Uruguay is planning a novel approach to fighting rising crime: having its government sell marijuana to take drug profits out of the hands of dealers.
Under the plan backed by President Jose Mujica’s leftist administration, only the government would be allowed to sell marijuana and only to adults who register on a government database, letting officials keep track of their purchases over time. Profits would reportedly go toward rehabilitating drug addicts.
The bill [will] soon be sent to Congress. If approved, Uruguay’s national government would be the first in the world to directly sell marijuana to its citizens.