Uruguay will begin selling recreational cannabis to anyone 18 and older by the end of the year, and they’ll do so entirely tax free in order to undercut the black market surrounding the substance. According to government officials, cannabis will be cost between 20 and 22 pesos ($0.85 – $0.95) a gram.
Under Uruguay’s new law, an individual can possess up to 10 grams of cannabis, though they can possess more if they grow their own, as they’ll be allowed to legally cultivate up to six plants. Those who don’t grow their own will be able to purchase cannabis through state-licensed cannabis pharmacies.
Uruguay is the first nation in the world to legalize the sale and possession of recreational cannabis. The proposal that eventually become law was introduced by the nation’s President, José Mujica, who was nominated for a Nobel Peace Price in February.