Uruguayans can now sign up to grow pot at home

Montevideo - 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 legalisation programme.

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 480g.

Few people appeared to be rushing to register with the government on the first day. Juan Vaz, a well-known cannabis activist, said he registered and found the process easy but can understand why some 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 in the world to attempt to regulate the cultivation and sale of marijuana on a nationwide scale.

The law, passed by Parliament in December 2013, also allows for the formation of growers and users clubs and the sale by pharmacies of 40g of pot a month to registered users.

So far, no club has yet completed all the requirements to begin operations but at least four have started the process. President Jose Mujica has said the sale through pharmacies will be postponed until next year.

Presidential and legislative elections are scheduled for October and the major opposition candidates have signalled that they intend to repeal all or part of the law if they gain the presidency or a majority in the parliament.

The leading opposition candidate, Luis Lacalle Pou, has said he would repeal the sale at pharmacies but allow the option to grow marijuana for personal use.

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Nelison Mandela 2014/08/28 06:21:00 AM
iNJBL 2014/08/28 06:46:07 AM
Uruguay is a unique country, the president is the lowest earning in the world and donates most of his salary. He also uses and stands in line at public hospitals. And HE drives an old jalopy.
Tebele Rakoma 2014/08/28 06:51:47 AM
Avhashoni Tshatsinde 2014/08/28 06:55:27 AM
Wow, something dat can be tried here and our cops will focus on other things than people who use this harmless herb
Dean Stander 2014/08/28 07:34:18 AM
Well done! Future being written here people :D
Bobby Muller 2014/08/28 07:37:12 AM
I wanna move there !
Vinnie 2014/08/28 07:59:10 AM
Why it would never be legalized in SA: If it's legal the people in charge of running the country would not be able to get there extra income.
Curtis Maimela 2014/08/28 08:33:21 AM
Studies show that this plant actually promotes the decline of cancerous cells, its not linked to one case of death by cancer or damage to the lungs, zero deaths from this plant where over 1 million people die every year from cigarettes and alcohol, it also promotes the production of brain function the only reason people go crazy from it is cause thy combine it with dangerous substances, if ur statement was solid it wudnt have been legalized in in many parts of the world as MEDICAL Marijuana, especially for cancer treatmen, get your facts right
Nasrin Fredericks 2014/08/28 08:35:48 AM
This is garbage. Sorry.
Nasrin Fredericks 2014/08/28 08:38:29 AM
EXACTLY! !!! @Curtis Maimela