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Uruguay approves state-grown marijuana bill

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Uruguay moved closer to becoming the world's first nation to produce and distribute marijuana, after its lower house approved a bill putting control of the drug in government hands. 

A man lights a marijuana joint during a demonstration in Montevideo, on May 8, 2013. Uruguay has moved closer to becoming the world's first nation to produce and distribute marijuana, after its lower house approved a bill putting control of the drug in government hands.

The controversial measure approved Wednesday was unveiled in June last year as part of a series of efforts to combat rising violence.

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