Last December, Uruguay’s Senate gave final approval to legislation creating the world’s first national framework to legally regulate the cultivation, distribution, and use of cannabis for medical, industrial, and recreational purposes. The detailed rules governing Uruguay’s recreational cannabis market are scheduled to be released this month, with guidelines for the medical system expected later this year.
Uruguay’s leaders have emphasized that their initiative is designed to address their country’s particular circumstances, and is not intended to serve as a model for other countries. At the same time, however, the architects of Uruguay’s new law are conscious of their pioneering role—together with the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington—in moving forward with regulatory approaches amidst a prohibitionist global drug control system.
Please join us for this timely discussion of Uruguay’s historic new law and the implications for the regional and global drug policy debate.
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