In the backyard of a house in Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo, Sebastian Castro is teaching a class on how to plant marijuana from trimmings.
“You can produce about 350 grams of cannabis from six or seven plants,” he says.
What Castro is teaching here used to be illegal in Uruguay. But last December, Uruguay became the first country to legalize the production, distribution and sale of marijuana.
The regulations are expected to be issued sometime in April.
Once that happens, Castro hopes to launch a legal business selling seeds to producers.
“I’m a gardener by trade so it would be ideal for me to merge planting cannabis with what I do for a living. It would be like putting the cherry on top,” he says.
Castro is 35, and he’s been planting marijuana for his own use for over 16 years. Recently, he joined a new network of 140 growers who want to kickstart a larger project — supplying pot for pharmacies and medical marijuana clubs.
“This is going to create new opportunities for small growers so they can make a dignified living working with marijuana,” he says.