Is Uruguay’s cannabis industry about to evolve?

Over nine years ago, Uruguay made history after passing the world’s first-ever national adult-use cannabis legalization measure. In December 2013, Uruguay’s President José Mujica signed a measure that permitted residents of Uruguay to cultivate their own cannabis, join private cannabis clubs, and eventually purchase cannabis from pharmacies.

Being that Uruguay serves as the oldest national adult-use cannabis policy experiment, many cannabis observers from around the world have watched everything that has happened in Uruguay with a very close eye. By virtually every measure, legalization has succeeded.

Since its initial passage, Uruguay’s legalization model has evolved at a slow pace. As an example of that, legal sales at pharmacies began in Uruguay in the summer of 2017, with consumers being able to choose from two different strains. Late last year, Uruguay finally permitted a third option with higher levels of THC to be purchased from pharmacies.

As the nation approaches the tenth anniversary of the passage of the historic legalization measure, leadership is indicating that the nation’s legalization model could further evolve.


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