Uruguay to Become First Country to Sell Marijuana in Pharmacies From July
Uruguay will become the first country in the world to allow recreational marijuana to be sold in pharmacies, starting in July, the president's office has said.
Montevideo: Uruguay will become the first country in the world to allow recreational marijuana to be sold in pharmacies, starting in July, the president's office has said.
The South American country adopted a revolutionary law in 2013 that fully legalized the production, sale and consumption of marijuana.
But the most innovative -- and controversial -- aspect of the law, pharmacy sales, had been on hold, with no clear timeline for when it would begin.
"Cannabis will be dispensed in pharmacies starting in the month of July," presidential aide Juan Andres Roballo told a press conference.
The registry -- which is only open to Uruguayan citizens or permanent residents -- will be up and running on May 2, Roballo said.
The marijuana sold in pharmacies is being grown in state-supervised fields.
Under the law, users also have the option to grow their own pot at home or join cannabis clubs that grow it in cooperatives.
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