Uruguay is at the forefront of marijuana reform right now. Whereas some countries have quit enforcing marijuana prohibition, but technically still have it on the books as being illegal, Uruguay has officially legalized marijuana. It still isn’t sold in stores yet, but citizens can now sign up to grow their own marijuana. Per the Huffington Post:
People in Uruguay who want to grow their own marijuana at home were able to register to do so Wednesday as the government launched the latest phase in its first-of-its-kind legalization program.
Under a law that went into effect in May, citizens of Uruguay or legal residents who are at least 18 can grow marijuana for personal use if they register. There is a limit of six female plants, with an annual harvest of up to 480 grams.
After Uruguay legalized marijuana, it initiated a worldwide conversation about marijuana reform. Almost every Latin and South American country has at least talked about legalizing marijuana since Uruguay passed reform, and some countries are truly exploring the ideas. Latin and South America have been ravaged by cartels and organized crime, and legalizing marijuana would hurt those same cartels, which makes this type of reform very important. It also makes Uruguay’s implementation process very important too, as all eyes are watching how it goes. I’m confident it will go well, and hopefully other countries follow Uruguay’s lead.