Latin America

Following Uruguay, Argentina takes step toward legalizing cannabis

New law in Argentina frees up possibilities for medical cannabis use. Uruguay remains the only in Latin America to legalize recreational use

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March for the decriminalization of cannabis in Buenos Aires. Photo: Carol Smiljan/Shutterstock

The legalization of cannabis around the world took further steps during the 2020 U.S. elections, as another four American states voted to allow recreational adult use of the drug. Meanwhile, the landscape in Latin America is much further behind.

Uruguay is the only nation in the region to have fully legalized recreational and medicinal marijuana, with the only restrictions being placed on foreigners visiting the country. Possession is largely decriminalized in South America, but large parts of the Caribbean have strict cannabis laws, permitting neither use, possession, cultivation, or the medical application of the drug.

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