By Will Carless for The El Daily Post. RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — A little over two years ago, then-Uruguayan President Jose Mujica signed a law that at the time was seen as revolutionary.
Uruguay was set to become the first country on Earth where the cultivation, sale and taxation of marijuana would all be legal. Most extraordinary, the tiny South American nation planned to grow, tax, and sell weed itself — that is, government-sponsored weed sold directly to residents ages 18 and up at licensed pharmacies nationwide.
But, two years later, it is still impossible to buy marijuana legally in Uruguay.
You can grow your own. You can join a cannabis “collective” and share pot with your friends. You can also smoke weed, as you have been able to since the 1970s. But actually buying it from anyone is still entirely illegal.