We have covered a few stories on Uruguay’s legalization of marijuana as they first passed a law legalizing it in December 2013. They are the first country in the world to fully legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana.
Vice has grabbed people’s attention on the topic by releasing a video clip of their upcoming documentary on Uruguay’s legalization of marijuana. The video has received thousands of views and stirred up a bit of controversy because reporter Krishna Andavolu is smoking marijuana during his interview with the President.
But even though President Jose Mujica has been in favor of legalizing marijuana, he does agree that it’s something people should use. “If you need to take drugs to be free, then you’re screwed. Freedom is here (pointing to his head); otherwise it doesn’t exist.” He says in response to the reporter smoking in front of him.
The president is hoping that by legalizing marijuana, he can bring users out of the shadows, direct addicts to treatment more effectively, and put drug traffickers out of business. (Fusion)
But the law does have it’s limits and is only allowed to be consumed by Uruguayan residents who are at least 18 years old. Foreigners visiting Uruguay will not legally be permitted to use the herb because he does not want Uruguay to be the next marijuana tourism destination.
According to PanAm Post, “The drug may be obtained at pharmacies, specialized consumer clubs, or by cultivating it privately, although all users must register with the state. An individual may purchase up to 40 grams of marijuana per month, or take home up to six plants per family and harvest a maximum of 480 grams annually.”