Five years after the approval of the first comprehensive cannabis regulation law in the world, Monitor Cannabis Uruguay and the School of Social Science of Universidad de la República are convening an academic discussion on the various aspects that arise from the implementation and results of a law of this kind. The analysis of the Uruguayan case and the experience of other countries will allow us to draw lessons and learnings for the ongoing reform processes and their impacts on peoples’s welfare.

With this congress, Monitor Cannabis Uruguay intends to improve the flow of evidence-based information on cannabis regulation policy, as well as to disseminate and facilitate scientific research linked to cannabis in Uruguay, the region and the world.

The congress Five years of cannabis regulation will be held from Monday 10 to Wednesday 12 December 2018, at the School of Social Science of Universidad de la República (Montevideo, Uruguay).

The event will feature four types of activities: panels, roundtables, lectures and posters.


The call for abstracts is open for research papers under the following thematic areas:

  • Regulation of cannabis in Uruguay: implementation, results, opportunities and challenges. Works that explore the different access routes to legal cannabis for adult / recreational use: domestic cultivation, cannabis social clubs and pharmacy dispensing.
  • Cannabis and society. Works that explore cultural aspects, use practices, daily life, social aspects, public opinion, gender, political debate, involved actors and productive aspects.
  • Drugs, education and public health. Works linked to risk management strategies and harm reduction, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.
  • Relationship between drugs and crime. Research exploring the link between drugs and crime, drug trafficking organization and the link between drug markets and legal economies, the application of justice to drug crimes and its biases.
  • Cannabis regulation in the world Research exploring the international political discussion and multilateral organizations, as well as comparative and case studies on the different models of prohibition and regulation that exist in the world.
  • Regulation of medical cannabis: learnings and challenges. Research on experiences in medical cannabis regulation in the world, the medical uses of cannabis, and access barriers to products and treatments.



Discussion roundtables will feature key actors in the implementation of cannabis regulation in different thematic areas. The main research findings presented at the panels will be retaken and the relevance of the evidence for policymaking will be discussed.


Dissertations by international keynote speakers elaborating on the most significant aspects of cannabis regulation.


Visual summaries of research linked to diverse aspects of the field of cannabis studies in Uruguay. The call for posters will be available soon.


Registration until 11/10/2018 – 1,000 UYU

Registration after 11/10/2018 – 1,500 UYU

UdelaR undergraduate students – 500 UYU


Queries can be sent through the contact form.