Uruguay: Citizens Can Now Register To Grow Marijuana At Home

Uruguayans who want to grow their own marijuana are able to register with the government to legally do so, as of Wednesday, when the government there launched the latest phase of its cannabis legalization program. Under a law that went into effect in May, citizens or legal residents who are 18 or older can grow marijuana for personal use if they register, reports France 24. The limit is six female plants, with an annual harvest of up to 480 grams. Only 10 people had registered with the government by midday on Wednesday to become private marijuana growers. Three of them were in the capital city, Montevideo, and seven in Uruguay’s interior, according to the newly created Institute for the Regulation and Control of Cannabis (IRCCA). Marijuana activist Juan Vaz said he registered, and the process was easy, but added that he can understand why some people might be reluctant. “There are some people who might feel persecuted,” Vaz said. “For many years, they grew plants in secret and it’s hard to break from that way of thinking.” Uruguay is the first country in the modern world to fully legalize the production, sale and distribution of cannabis. The law, passed by Uruguay’s Parliament in December 2013, also allows growers and users to form clubs, and permits pharmacies to sell up to 40 grams of marijuana per month to registered users. No club has yet completed all the requirements to begin operations, but at least four have started the process, according to government officials. President Jose Mujica said the sale of marijuana through pharmacies will be delayed until next year. Uruguay’s presidential and parliamentary candidates are scheduled for October, and the major opposition candidates have vowed to repeal marijuana legalization if they gain the presidency or a parliamentary majority. The leading opposition candidate, Luis Lacalle Pou, has said he would repeal the sale of marijuana at pharmacies, but would continue to allow the option to grow it at home for personal use. –

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