Canada made history by becoming the second country in the world to fully legalized recreational marijuana. What was the first? None other than Uruguay.
The South American Country was ahead of the curve by legalizing the drug last summer. While Canada joins Uruguay in this new law, there are some major differences between the two.
The first is location. In Canada, the provinces will be in charge of controlling the sale of marijuana and run stores similar to the LCBO or SAQ. In Uruguay, people have to buy their weed from pharmacies. They don't need a prescription to do so though.
Another difference, which is also an alternative to pharmacy sales, is cannabis clubs. People can join these co-ops to grow their own weed legally through the club. However, the club limits how much each member can have. In Canada, people will be able to grow up to four plants in their own home.
While both countries have restrictions on who can buy marijuana, what they limit them on is really different. In Canada, it will be based on age (you'll have to be over 18) but in Uruguay, you can't buy weed unless you are a citizen of the country. This rule kills pot-tourism in the area.
The final big difference is supply. Since the provinces are responsible for the control of marijuana this also places the supply under their responsibility. In Uruguay, it is a bit different as there are only two approved suppliers for the entire country. This has caused problems as the supply is unable to meet the demand there.
While some US states have legalized use recreationally, Canada and Uruguay are the only countries which have introduced marijuana legislation at the national level.