Uruguay has some of Latin America's most lenient drug laws. Possession of small amounts of marijuana or other drugs for personal use has been decriminalized, but their sale remains illegal.
What's the Buzz: Uruguay's New Marijuana Law
In December 2013 Uruguay became the first country in the world to fully legalize cannabis. Uruguayan citizens are now allowed to grow up to six marijuana plants for personal use each year, and are entitled to purchase up to 40g per month at local pharmacies through the government's national distribution system.
Meanwhile, smoking pot in public is already legal – for anyone, foreigners included – in the same places where cigarette smoking is permitted. Paradoxically, however, non-Uruguayans are not allowed to purchase weed. What's a cannabis-loving backpacker to do? One obvious answer is to make Uruguayan friends at local hostels. Word on the street is that there's plenty to go around.