As of Wednesday, adults in Uruguay wanting to grow their own cannabis at home are legally authorized to do so once they register with the government, as part of the nation’s new cannabis legalization law.

Under the new law, which took effect in May, those in Uruguay who are 18 and older can register to grow up to six cannabis plants at a private residence, with an allowed annual harvest of up to 480 grams.

Although few people registered on opening day, Juan Vaz, a local cannabis activist, says he was able to register quite easily, and that he believes it will take a while before the fear of being prosecuted for cannabis cultivation subsides.

Starting next year cannabis will be sold through pharmacies, and cannabis clubs are expected to open by year’s end.


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