Uruguay was the first country in South America to approve the legalization of recreational, medical and industrial use of cannabis in 2013.

The state issues licenses for production for medical and recreational use and sets the rules for production, trade, and import of seeds.

Recreational use is controlled by the state, users simply register with the Ministry of Health.

Cannabis-based drugs are sold in pharmacies, under medical prescription.

The Ministry of Public Health authorizes the projects of companies interested in the area and the IRCCA - Institute of Regulation and Control of Cannabis - regulates the processes: cultivation, harvesting, production, processing, distribution and supply of cannabis.