Legal Marijuana Sales Now Underway in Uruguay Pharmacies

Legal marijuana sales are underway in Uruguay, the first country to officially legalize the plant for retail sale.

As of today (June 19) in Uruguay, marijuana is being sold in pharmacies throughout the country. As part of the country’s marijuana laws, those 18 and older are authorized to purchase up to 40 grams of marijuana for personal use. In order to combat the black-market, cannabis is being sold tax-free at roughly $1.50 a gram, exponentially cheaper than the price of marijuana in the eight U.S. states that have legalized the plant (where prices range from $10 to $18 a gram).

As part of the new law, first approved in 2013, marijuana clubs where up to 45 members can collectively produce up to 99 plants are also allowed. In addition, anyone 18 and older is authorized to grow up to six cannabis plants at a private residence, for personal use. Regulation for the new industry are overseen by the Institute for the Regulation and Control of Cannabis.

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Legal Marijuana Sales Begin this Week in Uruguay

This week Uruguay will officially begin legal sales of marijuana for those 18 and older, over three and a half years after the law legalizing the plant was initially approved by lawmakers.

The legalization of marijuana was first proposed by former-President José Mujica in 2012 as part of a comprehensive package of proposals aimed at improving public safety. Uruguay’s parliament gave final approval to the measure in December 2013, making Uruguay the first country in the world to fully legalize cannabis for retail distribution. This week – over 3.5 years later – legal sales will finally begin.

“This is a historic moment,” says Hannah Hetzer, Senior International Policy Manager at the Drug Policy Alliance. “In recent years, Latin American leaders have decried the staggering human, environmental and financial costs of the War on Drugs in their region. Uruguay is boldly demonstrating that concrete alternatives to failed prohibitionist policies are possible.”

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Uruguay Marijuana Sales to Begin in July, to be Around $1.50 a Gram

In 2013 Uruguay passed a law legalizing marijuana for those 18 and older. Nearly three and a half years later, legal sales are about to begin.

Uruguay’s flag.

According to government officials, legal marijuana sales are expected to start in July, with registration beginning next month. Cannabis will be priced at around 40 Uruguayan Peso (or roughly $1.50) per gram. According to Julio Calzada, secretary general of Uruguay’s National Committee on Drugs, the low price is meant to undercut the black-market and the criminal organizations that benefit from it.

In Uruguay those 18 and older are allowed to possess up to 40 grams of cannabis and grow up to six plants at a private residence. Once cannabis sales begin they will occur through licensed pharmacies.

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Uruguay Cannabis Sales Begin in Just a Few Weeks, to be Sold in Pharmacies

Uruguay Cannabis SalesIn just a few weeks dozens of pharmacies across Uruguay will be legally distributing cannabis to those 18 and older as part of new policy passed by lawmakers in 2013.

According to National Drugs Board Chairman Juan Andres Roballo, there are roughly 50 pharmacies registered to distribute the plant throughout the country, and around 20 cannabis clubs where cannabis can be consumed onsite. Roballo tells us that the initial batch of cannabis has already been harvested and is ready to sale, with the public able to purchase from pharmacies by the end of September.

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In Uruguay, the Only Country with Legal Cannabis, Price is Less than $1 a Gram

flower-power-2With Canada currently examining ways to legally regulate the distribution of recreational cannabis, we thought it was a good idea to take an updated look at the only country in the world that has legalized the sale of cannabis; Uruguay (other countries may turn a blind eye to cannabis sales, but Uruguay is the only one where it has been statutorily legalized).

In Uruguay, it’s entirely legal for those 18 and older to cultivate up to 6 cannabis plants at any given time, with an allowed annual harvest of roughly 500 grams. Adults can also join cannabis clubs, where cannabis can be shared and consumed, and can purchase cannabis from designated cannabis pharmacies. Although the United Nations has warned Uruguay about moving forward with this new law, they’ve done so anyway.

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The Top 5 Countries with the Cheapest and Most Expensive Cannabis

moneyBelow is a list of the top 5 countries in regards to where cannabis is the cheapest and most expensive, based on the average price of a gram. The list was compiled using data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s 2014 World Drug Report, and from the cannabis pricing index website Price of Weed.

Here are the top 5 countries where cannabis is the cheapest:

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Uruguay: Legal Cannabis Sales to Begin by Summer

Uruguay uruguaycannabis will soon be providing licenses to companies to produce and sell cannabis starting by the summer, National Drug Board Secretary General Julio Calzada said in a recent press conference.

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”.

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Registration Opens for Cannabis Growers’ Clubs in Uruguay

Registrationcannabisplant is now officially open in Uruguay for those wanting to open cannabis growers’ clubs, part of the nation’s recent legalization of cannabis.

Licensed clubs will consist of up to 45 members, who will be allowed to grow up to 99 plants a year.

In August, the private cultivation of up to six cannabis plants became legal for anyone 18 and older. Cannabis growers’ clubs will allow individuals to join together for a larger grow-op, allowing them to easily share between growers, and allowing those that aren’t expert cultivators a chance to learn from others.

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Uruguayans Can Now Grow Cannabis Legally At Home

As of Wednesday, adults in Uruguay wanting to grow their own cannabis at home arecannabis legally authorized to do so once they register with the government, as part of the nation’s new cannabis legalization law.

Under the new law, which took effect in May, those in Uruguay who are 18 and older can register to grow up to six cannabis plants at a private residence, with an allowed annual harvest of up to 480 grams.

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Anti-Marijuana Candidate Loses in Uruguay Primary

By Associated Press

The biggest threat to Uruguay’s new legal marijuana market has lost his party’s presidential primary.uruguaycannabis

Sen. Jorge Larranaga had been a favorite to represent the National Party this year and strongly opposes the new law, which puts the ruling Broad Front government at the center of a regulated marijuana industry. The government’s aim is to defeat organized crime by producing cheaper, better, legal weed and selling it in pharmacies to registered adults.

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