Uruguay

Mon
03
Jun

You’ll never guess which country smokes the most weed

If you had to guess which country consumed the most cannabis in the world, you’d surely start with places where the plant is at least legalized. Uruguay, for instance, legalized cannabis in 2013. Another choice might be Canada, which passed adult-use marijuana legislation in 2018. Heck, you could even pick countries where the drug is partially legalized, like the United States or Netherlands.

Tue
28
May

Agriculture Technology Transforming Latin America’s Medical Cannabis Market

Latin America’s medical cannabis market may be a perfect fit for agriculture technology like precision irrigation.

Tue
30
Apr

Landscape is promising for Latin American hemp’s takeoff

INTERVIEW: Gerónimo Caro Díaz & Romina Fernández, Cannabis & Hemp Studies Center, Uruguay

Fri
26
Apr

German company to begin importing medical cannabis from Latin America

A German cannabis wholesaler and distributor has announced that they have become the first European company to import medical cannabis products from Latin America for preliminary testing.

On Wednesday, Frankfurt-based Cansativa revealed that they would be importing a variety of cannabis flower and extract products from Uruguay and Colombia to be tested by independent German laboratories for heavy metals, pesticides, and other contaminants.

In 2013, Uruguay became the first country in the world to completely legalize marijuana, though sales did not begin until July of 2017.

Thu
04
Apr

Uruguay: The world’s marijuana pioneer

Uruguay was the first country in the world to legalise recreational cannabis. Five years after its pioneering law was passed, how's the industry getting on?

"We sold a lot of cannabis on the first day," says Esteban Riviera, who owns a large, modern-looking pharmacy in Montevideo, Uruguay's capital.

"We sold 1,250 packages in six hours. There was a two-block queue to get marijuana."

The legal sale of cannabis had been much anticipated. Sales began on 19 July 2017, more than three-and-a-half years after Uruguay's marijuana law had been passed.

"It took them time, the government said, because they want to do it precisely and step by step," explains Guillermo Draper, a Uruguayan journalist who's co-written a book on his country's pioneering experiment.

Thu
28
Mar

Can Latin America become a world leader in the medical cannabis market?

The medical cannabis market in Latin America is expected to be worth $8.5bn in 2028. Health Europa explores the industry, highlighting the main drivers in the rising economy.

Latin America is emerging as one of the key players in the medicinal cannabis industry, particularly on the growing and agricultural side of business. Although Canada has always been dominant in the medical cannabis market, this is now under threat, and many Canadian companies are looking at moving south and working with Latin American suppliers.

Tue
19
Mar

A detailed look at how Aurora Cannabis can produce 700,000 kilograms a year

The marijuana industry is growing like a weed. According to various Wall Street prognostications, the global cannabis industry could be generating upwards of $50 billion to $75 billion in annual sales roughly one decade from now. That's a boatload of cash, and all the more reason for pot growers to double down on capacity expansion.

Although there are 11 growers that are currently on pace for more than 100,000 kilograms in peak annual output, according to their respective management teams, none stands out more than Alberta-based Aurora Cannabis (NYSE:ACB).

Thu
07
Feb

Uruguay is betting on exports of medical marijuana

When he was younger, the only thing that Enrique Morales knew about marijuana was that you smoked it to get high.

Today, the former driver for a dairy company is a horticulturist on a cannabis plantation about 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo and he says drops of marijuana oil have been key to treating his mother’s osteoarthritis.

“My perception has now changed. It is a plant that has a lot of properties!” he said.

The company that owns the plantation, Fotmer SA, is now part of a flourishing and growing medical cannabis industry in Uruguay.

Thu
08
Nov

5 of the best marijuana-friendly travel destinations (besides Colorado, obviously)

Colorado will forever be the first state in the U.S. to legalize recreational marijuana, but as more states and countries follow suit the possibilities for traveling with bud are blooming.

If you're itching to visit new and exciting destinations but want to do make sure that you can engage in cannabis culture while doing so, take a look through this list of marijuana-friendly travel destinations.

Mon
17
Sep

The first country to legalize pot is taking it slow

The first country to legalize recreational marijuana is still going through growing pains in setting up its market.

Uruguay, which legalized the drug nationally in 2013, is in no rush. The Latin American country wants to do it the right way, and that means, at least initially, a lot of restrictions.

"They're very aware that they're the first in the world to do this," said John Walsh, director for drug policy and the Andes at the Washington Office on Latin America. "They've run with a tightly controlled model to show the world that they have control over the system."

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