Uruguay's Senate voted 16 to 13 to legalize the production and sale of marijuana. President Mujica is expected to sign the law, which would become effective starting next year.

I'm in favor of legalizing marijuana, but it would be great to make headlines around the world because of our security and education.

Ignacio de los Reyes, the BBC's Argentina and Southern Cone correspondent, tweeted on December 10:

Stay tuned for more citizen reactions.