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8th March 2023
Uruguay: Decree 56/023 has come into force, allowing the preparation of cannabis formulations by pharmaceutical chemists at registered pharmacies for sale under prescription.
13th December 2022
Uruguay: A new cannabis variant, with up to 15% THC – three times the level in the two currently available varieties – will become available for legal purchase from 20th December, press reports. Daniel Radio, director of the National Drug Board, said the new type might prevent people from buying cannabis on the black market.
1st September 2022
Uruguay: The National Drugs Board (JND) and the Ministry of the Interior are studying a plan to provide cannabis to prisoners, press reports. Currently, although cannabis is legal, its consumption and sale in prisons are not permitted. JND secretary general Daniel Radío said the plan would prevent drug dealers from illegally providing cannabis to prisoners through visiting family members.
10th August 2022
Uruguay: The government is set to introduce a regulation under the Law on Access to Medical Cannabis, press reports. According to the authorities, it will focus on pharmacists’ prescription-based preparations rather than on flowers with high THC content. Daniel Radío, secretary general of the National Drugs Board (JND), said the regulation could be passed by the end of the year. He added that the government was exploring the possibility of making medical cannabis accessible to non-resident foreigners, who currently cannot access it in Uruguay.
19th July 2022
Uruguay: Far-right minority party Cabildo Abierto will next week propose the repeal of the law that legalised cannabis in 2013, press reports. Although president Luis Lacalle Pou believes the current system can be “improved and perfected”, for example by ending state production of cannabis and leaving it to private citizens and cannabis clubs, he is not in favour of repeal.
28th June 2022
Uruguay: Rodrigo Ferrés, president of the Drug Board and deputy secretary of the Presidency, has told media that proposals to allow the sale of recreational cannabis to tourists have failed for now and must be studied further before they are adopted. Proposals to allow non-residents who are legally in the country to purchase recreational cannabis and access cannabis clubs have been discussed for many months.
13th June 2022
Uruguay: Senator Eduardo Antonini of the opposition party Frente Amplio, vice-chair of the Tourism Committee, has introduced a bill to allow tourists access to recreational cannabis, press reports. Uruguayan residents can access cannabis through self-cultivation, cannabis clubs and pharmacies, but tourists currently cannot use any of these channels.
30th May 2022
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