Uruguayan man smokes cannabis
Media playback is unsupported on your device

Uruguayan congress votes to legalise marijuana

1 August 2013 Last updated at 17:25 BST

The lower house of the Uruguayan Congress has voted to legalise marijuana.

The bill will now go to the senate, where it is expected to be voted on, in October.

This could make Uruguay the first country in the world where it's legal to grow, sell and consume the drug.

Those in favour say legalising marijuana will reduce the power of the drug cartels but those against warn that the country will be in "complete contravention to the provisions of the international drug treaties to which Uruguay is party".

Jon Sopel reports.