The first country in the world that might sell marijuana to its citizens is Uruguay.
Under the plan, only the government would be allowed to sell marijuana to adults who have registered on a government database, letting officials keep track of their purchases over time.
According to Defense Minister Eleuterio Fernandez Huidobro, the measure aims to weaken crime in the country by removing profits from drug dealers and diverting users from harder drugs.
"We're shifting toward a stricter state control of the distribution and production of this drug," The Daily Mail quoted Huidobro, as saying.
"It's a fight on both fronts: against consumption and drug trafficking. We think the prohibition of some drugs is creating more problems to society than the drug itself," he added.
Uruguayan newspapers have reported that the money from taxes on marijuana sold by the government would go towards rehabilitating drug addicts.