Uruguay drug stores stock cannabis

The Guardian Weekly - - World Roundup -

3 Phar­ma­cies in Uruguay be­gan sell­ing cannabis di­rectly to con­sumers, the cul­mi­na­tion of a long and pi­o­neer­ing le­gal­i­sa­tion ef­fort that be­gan over three years ago.

The nearly 5,000 users who have reg­is­tered with the gov­ern­ment will be able to buy five-gram sealed pack­ets for $6.50 each.

Uruguay be­came the first coun­try to pass a law le­gal­is­ing the recre­ational use, sale and cul­ti­va­tion of mar­i­juana in 2013. But im­ple­men­ta­tion has been slow, and since then sev­eral other coun­tries have taken a more flex­i­ble ap­proach. In Uruguay, any ci­ti­zen over the age of 18 can reg­is­ter to buy up to 40 grams of cannabis monthly for per­sonal use, choos­ing be­tween two brands – “Alfa 1” and “Beta 1”. Both va­ri­eties have a rel­a­tively low con­tent of the ac­tive in­gre­di­ent tetrahy­dro­cannabi­nol.

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