Uruguayan President Jose Mujica has signed into law the government's controversial plan to oversee the production and sale of marijuana.
Senators approved the legislation earlier this month to authorise the production, distribution and sale of cannabis, allowing individuals to grow their own on a small scale - all under state supervision and control.
A government spokesman said President Mujica had quietly signed the legislation, the last formal step for the law to take effect.
Bureaucrats now have until April 9 to write the fine print for regulating every aspect of the marijuana market, from growing to selling in a network of pharmacies.
They hope to have the whole system in place by the middle of next year. As of now, growing pot at home is legal in Uruguay, up to six plants per family and an annual harvest of 480 grams.
- Fairfax Media