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 perfectly legal – for anyone, foreigners included – in the same places where cigarette smoking is permitted. Paradoxically, non-Uruguayans are not allowed to purchase weed – but stick around long enough and you’re bound to find Uruguayans, whether at a hostel, a beach or a local park, who are happy to share.