Regulate Pot? Uruguay’s been there, with whisky

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In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, a man sits with a drink in hand at a downtown bar in Montevideo, Uruguay. The government of Uruguay makes Scotch whisky. It also makes and sells rum, vodka and cognac, and has done so for nearly a century. President Jose Mujica says Uruguay’s long experience at the center of the nation’s liquor business makes it more than capable of dominating another addictive substance: marijuana. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — The government of Uruguay makes Scotch whisky. It also makes and sells rum, vodka and cognac, and has done so for nearly a century. Many people consider this sideline of the state to be an historical accident — a wasteful and even eccentric contradiction.

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