Population
3415866
Tolerance
6 / 10
Medical
Yes
Status
Legal

Uruguay has never criminalized personal possession of drugs, and a 1974 law allowed judges to determine whether a given case of possession was personal or commercial. This law was later updated in 1998. Possession for personal use is not penalized and the law does not specify quantity for "personal amount".

In August 2014, Uruguay legalized growing up to six plants at home, as well as the formation of growing clubs, a state-controlled marijuana dispensary regime, and the creation of a Cannabis regulatory institute (IRCA in Spanish). In October 2014 the Government began registering growers' clubs, allowed in turn to grow a maximum of 99 cannabis plants annually.

As of 2015, the marijuana dispensary business (including medical use) has not been implemented, while as of August 2015, there were 2743 registered personal growers.

Recently, the Latin American nation also legalized the sale of recreational pot in pharmacies, making it the first country ever to move cannabis via drug store retail.

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In Uruguay, any citizen over the age of 18 can register to buy cannabis. Using fingerprint recognition, they can buy up to 40 grams (1.41oz) monthly for their personal use, choosing between two brands – “Alfa 1” and “Beta 1”

The product is grown, packaged and distributed by two companies, Symbiosis and Iccorp, authorized by the state. Its production will be carefully monitored to prevent it being sold to foreigners or leaving the country.


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  • Uruguay legalizes cannabis

    2013-12-10

    becoming the first country in the modern era to explicitly do so.


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