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Uruguay to Sign up Users to Buy Cannabis in Pharmacies

Uruguay, which in July will become the first country selling state-produced cannabis in pharmacies for recreational use, will open a user registry on Tuesday, authorities said.

Any Uruguayan or permanent resident wishing to purchase cannabis in that way will be required to register.

The drug will be sold for $1.30 per gram, in five and 10-gram packets, with each user limited to 10 grams (0.35 ounce) per week.

For now, Uruguay has a supply of 400 kilos (880 pounds) of marijuana on hand, produced by two private firms under state control.

The country adopted a controversial law in December 2013 providing three avenues for legal access to cannabis: cultivation at home for personal use, membership in a state-regulated cannabis club growing the weed cooperatively, or purchase through a pharmacy.

The first two methods are now in practice, but distribution through pharmacies was resisted by many of their owners, and that...

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