Government & Politics Multimedia Uruguay’s Legalization of Marijuana CCTV interviews Sanho Tree, drug policy expert, on Uruguay's "historic and counterintuitive" decision to be the first country in the world to legalize the production and sale of marijuana. By Sanho Tree, December 13, 2013. Originally in CCTV News. Related posts: How America’s War On Drugs Unintentionally Aids Mexican Drug Cartels What’s Being Done to End the War on Drugs? Live Chat Recap.