While other countries have decriminalized marijuana possession, and the Netherlands allows its sale in coffee shops, Uruguay is the first to allow the entire production and distribution chain. In the United States, Colorado and Washington state voted last year to allow a regulated recreational marijuana industry.
The law — which will be implemented in 120 days — allows consumers over 18 to buy up to 1.4 ounces every month from state-regulated pharmacies or grow up to six plants at home. It also legalizes smoking clubs of up to 45 members that can grow their own marijuana.
Not everyone is excited by the new law: according to a recent opinion poll by Equipos Consultores, 58 percent of Uruguayans oppose legalizing pot. But opinion is changing quickly — 68 percent opposed legalization back in June.