The battle against 'pasta base'

Uruguay is tackling a hard drug by legalising a soft one
BBC News (UK)
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

paco-bolsaIn December, Uruguay became the first nation in the world to legislate for the production, sale and state regulation of marijuana. Many hope that when the law takes full effect next year, fewer people will use a cheap, highly addictive cocaine derivative called "pasta base". By allowing adults to grow their own cannabis or buy a maximum of 40g a month from a pharmacy, supporters of the new law believe it will separate the marijuana market from more problematic drugs.