Uruguay: Lawmakers Authorize Marijuana Production And Sales

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director December 11, 2013

    Members of the Uruguay Senate late today approved legislation authorizing for the licensed production and retail sale of cannabis to all citizens age 18 and older. Members of Uruguay’s House had previously approved the measure months earlier. The bill now goes to President José Mujica, who intends to sign the measure into law in the coming days.

    Uruguay will be the first nation in modern history to regulate the licensed production and sale of cannabis.

    “This is an attempt to bring an end to the illegal drugs trade by identifying the market and bringing it into the light of day,” said President Mujica in a statement.

    Under the pending law, residents of the South American nation will be able to legally purchase up to 40 grams per cannabis per month. (Sales to non-residents are will not be allowed.) Price controls will set the cost of cannabis available at state-stores to $1 per gram. The forthcoming law would also allow households to grow up to six cannabis plants each; it also allows for the establishment of cooperatives, which will be able to grow as many as 99 plants.

    Specific regulations overseeing the new policy must be in place 120 days after the measure is signed into law.

    Under present law, the possession of personal use amounts of cannabis is not subject to criminal penalties; however, marijuana cultivation and sale are classified as criminal offenses.

    29 responses to “Uruguay: Lawmakers Authorize Marijuana Production And Sales”

    1. phrtao says:

      What will happen now ?

      Will Uruguay be thrown out of the UN ?

      Will the United States treat Uruguay as a ‘rogue state’ ?

      Will other South American countries follow this example ?

      Will anyone ever visit Amsterdam where cannabis is up to $20 a gramme or will they go to picturesque and warm Uruguay where a gramme of cannabis costs $1 (!) ?

    2. somedood says:

      That’s not a place right? Just red neck talk for you are gay?

    3. JohnDog says:

      Now is the time, stand up and end cannabis prohibition now wherever you live the wall is crumbling. Join the movement now.

    4. Don Berry says:

      It’s a start, and they got the price right, but registering customers is a bit much.

    5. Galileo Galilei says:

      Muy bueno!

    6. taki says:

      $1 a gram for crappy mass produced outdoor, I’d rather pay $20 a gram for expert grown properly cured high quality indoor any day.

    7. Sean says:


      Uruguay’s President Mujica has made it abundantly clear that he does not want “drug tourists”. Only locals will be able to purchase legally. So that is to say that Amsterdam’s coffee shop industry is safe for now.

    8. Nikki says:

      @somedood Uruguay is indeed a place. It’s a country in South America, boarded right in between the popular Brazil and Argentina. It’s a beautiful, democratic country, and now it’s the first country to legalize cannabis. 🙂

    9. Gweedo says:

      This is fantastic! A real nation has finally TRULY legalized cannabis!

      What’s more, I’ve seen a dozen news headlines today that all say something along the lines of “Uruguay is first country to legalize marijuana.” It is significant that they are calling it the “first” country, because it implies that more and more will follow. They are not trying to portray it as some sort of rogue nation, but rather as a leader, a pioneer, and at worst a daredevil.

    10. down south says:

      Yay Uruguay! Why do you have to be so far away?