Although specific rules have yet to be established concerning the growth, packaging, and distribution of cannabis, Calzada told Reuters that “pharmacy sales will happen in the first quarter, or in the middle of the year”.
Uruguay will now allow prisoners in the nation to use medical cannabis to improve their physical or mental health if they have or receive a doctors’ orders, according to Julio Calzada, Secretary General of Uruguay’s National Committee on Drugs.
Uruguay will also be incorporating medical cannabis into their country’s public health system alongside acupuncture and homopathic remedies, according to social development minister Daniel Olesker.
Uruguay has officially become the first country in the world to legalize recreational cannabis.
Today, the Uruguay Senate approved a cannabis legalization proposal – with a vote of 16 to 13 – which has already been approved by the nation’s House of Representatives. It now heads directly to President José Mujica for final consideration. Mujica introduced the bill, and has said that he will quickly sign it into law. The proposal will take effect 120 days after it’s signed.