Cannabis is one of the most widely used drugs in Uruguay. Prior to its legalization, possession for personal use was not penalized, although the former law did not specify quantity for “personal amount”. On 10 December 2013, Uruguay became the first country in the world to legalize the sale, cultivation and distribution of cannabis.
The growth, sale, and use of cannabis was legalized on 10 December 2013 by a 16–13 vote in the Senate. The country has 120 days to propose its plans through the Institute for the Regulation and Control of Cannabis, which will oversee the marketplace for cannabis. Under the new law, people are allowed to buy up to 40 grams (1.4 ounces) of cannabis from the Uruguayan government each month. Users, however, have to be 18 years-old or older and be registered in a national database to track their consumption. Cultivators are allowed to grow up to 6 crops at their homes each year and not surpass 480 grams. Registered smoking clubs are allowed to grow 99 plants annually. However, buying marijuana is prohibited for foreigners and it is illegal to move it across the Uruguayan international borders. Other countries have decriminalized cannabis consumption, while others again have authorized its use for medical purposes; however, Uruguay is the first country in the world to legalize the whole process from its cultivation, selling, buying, and consumption.The law intends to reduce the profit that drug trafficking creates for organized crime, as well as reducing the drug-related violence and the social problems associated with it. Uruguay has one of the lowest murder rates in the region (though by some estimates, crime was slightly increasing in 2013). — Wikipedia
I don’t know about you, but I’ve already booked my tickets for a delightful winter vacation in Uruguay!
- A cannabis map of the world – interactive (theguardian.com)
- Uruguay becomes first country to legalize marijuana (cbsnews.com)
- Uruguay Becomes World’s First Nation to Legalize Marijuana – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)