Uruguay became the First Country to Legalize Marijuana Trade

Dec 11, 2013 11:45 IST

Uruguay on 10 December 2013 became the first country in the world to legalise marijuana for recreational use with the state taking control of the trade. In this regard Uruguay senators gave the approval for government-sponsored bill.

According to the new law-Registered Uruguayans over the age of 18 will be allowed to buy up to 40 grams of the drug a month. Tourists will be excluded. The government hopes it will help tackle drug cartels, but critics say it will expose more people to drugs. With introducing new law, Uruguay became the first country in the world to have a system regulating legal production, sale and consumption of the drug.

image Uruguay Marijuana Law;

• State controls the production, distribution, commerce and consumption of marijuana
• Consumers have to be over 18 and registered
• Marijuana to be sold at licensed pharmacies
• Sales are limited to 40g (1.4oz) per month
• Registered users can grow up to six plants at home
• Buyers and growers have to be over 18
• Tourists are excluded
• Advertising is forbidden
• Prices will be fixed by the government

About Marijuana

Marijuana, the most often used illegal drug in many countries, is a product of the hemp plant- Cannabis sativa. Its main psychoactive chemical is delta-9-tetrahydro-cannabinol, or THC. Due to the variety of effects it can produce, marijuana can be categorized as a stimulant, depressant, or hallucinogen. 

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