Uruguay Opts Out of the War on Drugs

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The states of Colorado and Washington have legalized marijuana.  Now tiny Uruguay—in South America—will be the first nation to go that route.  Other countries are watching what Uruguay admits is "an experiment?" Is the 50-year-old War on Drugs a trillion-dollar failure? Also, a record winter storm threatens Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and the new film American Hustle — and some of what actually happened.

Banner image: People participate in the so-called "Last demonstration with illegal marijuana" in front of the Congress building in Montevideo, as Senate debates a government-sponsored bill establishing state regulation of the cultivation, distribution and consumption of marijuana, December 10, 2013. Photo: Andres Stapff/Reuters