Uruguay First Country In The World To Legally Regulate Marijuana
Uruguay will begin sales of legal marijuana for adult residents. Uruguay's parliament gave final approval to the measure in December 2013, making it the first country in the world to legally regulate the production, distribution and sale of marijuana for adults.
The Uruguayan model allows four forms of access to marijuana: medical marijuana through the Ministry of Public Health, domestic cultivation of up to six plants per household, membership clubs where up to 45 members can collectively produce up to 99 plants, and licensed sale in pharmacies to adult residents.
Regulation will be overseen by the government's Institute for the Regulation and Control of Cannabis (IRCCA). Sales to minors, driving under the influence of marijuana, and all forms of advertising, are prohibited.