Uruguay is becoming the first country in the world to allow recreational marijuana to be sold in pharmacies, starting in July. It is the final stage of the three-year process of legalising marijuana.
The country took on a revolutionary law in 2013 that fully legalise the production, consumption and sale of marijuana.
Head of the National Drugs Council Juan Andres Roballo said, “Cannabis will be dispensed in pharmacies starting in the month of July.”
He said 16 pharmacies have been registered with the government to be able to sell marijuana for recreational purposes and this number is expected to increase to 30 in the next month.
The producers who are licensed by the state will grow the cannabis which will be sold in the pharmacies. “This is not to promote it, but to compete with the informal market.”
The government regulated the whole process. The pharmacies will have a total of 400 kg (882 lb) at their disposal. They will sell the material in 5 gram (0.18 oz) containers at $1.30 per gram and 10-gram containers would be introduced later.
Interested people, the age must be 18 or above have to enrol in a government registry which is set to open on May 2. The government fixed a specific consumption. The people are limited to purchasing 40 grams (1.41 oz) per month and 10 grams (0.35 oz) per week.
But only the Uruguayans are allowed to purchase marijuana, foreign tourists will not be able to buy this.
The supporters of the law say this will take money away from the drug dealers and it will become a legal business.
According to the law, the interested Uruguayans can grow their own pot at home or join marijuana clubs that grow it in cooperatives.