Uruguay legalizes cannabis. The government granted 16 pharmacies permission to distribute cannabis to nearly 5,000 registered cannabis consumers. The product can be standardized into two products, “Alfa 1”, and “Beta 1”, each with a relatively low THC content. Uruguayan residents must be 18 years or older. Registered users can only consume 40 grams per month. Their identity and registration must also be confirmed at the point of sale with a fingerprint scanner. Many countries have made statements declaring, “Weed is not legal” including the United States, Mexico, Canada, and many others. The statement “weed is not legal” can be a hard pill for some people to swallow. Especially in Uruguay, a new country, it may seem like an oxymoron at first. But weed is not illegal everywhere. There are places around the world where marijuana is legal.
This article will address the topic of “weed legalization” in Uruguay. Since this movement is a bit new, there are some challenges that are yet to be addressed. Many people are curious if this new legislation will affect their ability to grow and use cannabis.
There is no legal limit on the amount of marijuana that an Uruguayan can cultivate or consume. But the law does discourage individuals from growing cannabis plants outdoors as well as inside the house. So, if you decide to start growing marijuana you are advised against planting outdoors and indoors. The same applies to personal consumption. This is because personal consumption does not fall under the definition of public consumption and is only allowed under strict regulation in the Uruguayan marijuana industry.
In order to be able to legally buy cannabis from a licensed pharmacy in Uruguay, you must have your identification card from the Uruguayan Ministry of Public Health. To obtain an identification card, you can visit the Ministry’s website and follow the instructions. Only members of the Uruguay medical marijuana association (MMCIA) are allowed to purchase from licensed pharmacies in the country. Non-members are not permitted to purchase from any pharmacy.
Many pharmacists in Uruguay will not sell marijuana to anyone younger than 18. The same is true for pharmacies that do not belong to the MMCIA. So, if you decide to purchase cannabis from these types of pharmacies in Uruguay, you are advised to buy it from a licensed home growing store. While many countries have made the decision that cannabis is not yet legal enough to be sold legally in their states, Uruguay has remained steadfast on the decision to strictly regulate the sale of cannabis through pharmacies and home-growing stores.
While it may seem unlikely that marijuana legalization would have such a profound impact on Uruguay’s drug trade, the law has significantly affected the illegal drug trade in Uruguay. With the implementation of the new laws, more people are able to legally access marijuana. As a result, more people are resorting to this drug in order to meet their needs. If this trend continues, the cost of this drug in Uruguay will rise.