Uruguay

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19
Jul

Uruguay marks a year allowing pharmacies to sell marijuana

Enrique Curbelo is delighted. Selling cannabis has allowed the affable 76-year-old to keep his privately owned pharmacy in Montevideo open in a market dominated by big chains. "I had to sell what they didn't sell," he told AFP. "For me it's like selling aspirin."

It's been this way for a year now. Every Wednesday, Ismael Fernandez receives a WhatsApp message from his local pharmacist telling him a new stock of cannabis has arrived.

After leaving work, he heads there and buys the 10 grams that Uruguayan law permits, costing 400 pesos, around $13. Fernandez then heads home and rolls a joint "to relax" with his partner Stefania Fabricio.

Wed
20
Jun

Five years after legalization, Uruguay faces cannabis supply problems

According to local reports, Uruguay faces cannabis supply problems five years after the government legalized the plant.

Five years after legalizing marijuana, Uruguay is facing cannabis supply problems. The South American country was the first nation to legalize marijuana in 2013. But legal sales of cannabis began just last year. The law allows registered consumers to purchase up to 40 grams (nearly 1.5 ounces) of cannabis at participating pharmacies each month. But so far, only 14 of approximately 1,200 pharmacies in the country have registered to sell cannabis.

Wed
13
Jun

Uruguay struggling to meet demand for legal marijuana

Laura Andrade recently walked out of a pharmacy in Uruguay cursing loudly because she couldn't buy legal pot.

The wine sommelier had taken a bus since pharmacies in her neighborhood don't sell the drug, but a pharmacy employee told her to come back the next day. "I work, I can't come here every day," she complained. "Today, I'll have to buy from an illegal dealer. I have no choice. This system is crap. It's useless!"

Marijuana went on sale in Uruguay last year under a 2013 law that made it the first nation to legalize a pot market covering the entire chain from plants to purchase. But the country is still working out how to meet demand in its effort to undercut drug traffickers who control the black market.

Mon
11
Jun

Uruguay's experience with its marijuana law

Uruguay has always faced some tall hurdles to become the first country in the world to fully legalize recreational cannabis.

The landmark 2013 reform was aimed at taking revenue streams from the sale of the soft drug out of the hands of organized crime while also improving public health by bringing users out of the shadows.

Fri
20
Apr

The 6 most advanced countries for marijuana research

The most advanced countries for marijuana research are using science to defeat the stigma while getting people the medicine they need.

It is commonly known that the U.S. is not apart of the most advanced countries for marijuana research. Due to its legal status, receiving funding for cannabis research has been proven quite difficult in the U.S. The government still holds restrictive policies and regulations on research that will look into the benefits and risks of cannabis, which is available to consumers in numerous states.

Tue
30
Jan

Cannabis Wheaton Income Corp. Announces Expansion to Uruguay and Securing of Significant CBD-Rich Hemp Production

Cannabis Wheaton Income Corp. (d/b/a Wheaton Income) (TSX-V:CBW) ("Wheaton Income" or "Wheaton" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has entered into a binding interim agreement (the “Agreement”) with Inverell S.A. (“Inverell”), pursuant to which Wheaton will purchase 80% of the issued and outstanding common shares on a fully diluted basis of Inverell.

Inverell is a federally licensed “Cannabis Operator” based in Montevideo, Uruguay and was founded by Dr. Raúl Urbina. Dr. Urbina completed his post-graduate studies in Molecular Biology at Princeton University and Agronics at the University of Almeria in Spain and possesses broad experience managing high-tech agricultural projects with a strong innovation component.

Mon
15
Jan

Crime rate drops but Uruguay struggles with illicit sale of Cannabis to tourists

“We passed the idea of avant-garde country, and the foreigner arrives here and cannot buy?” one Cannabis expert said.

As the summer months roll in and the tourists begin to arrive, Uruguay may see more than a few disgruntled backpackers as its 2017 legalization of marijuana still only applies to the nation’s residents.

Thu
11
Jan

Government supplied cannabis: Uruguay's controlled high

Uruguay has become the first country in the world where the cannabis market, its production and marketing are in the hands of the state.

It’s now legal to buy, sell and consume this drug in the country.

The small South American state is the first and only country in the world to have embraces legalisation so fully. So what are the results of this after 6 months?

To get aspirin or painkillers for his back pain, Federico has always gone to his local pharmacy. But since July 19, 2017, he has also come to buy his cannabis.

Tue
12
Dec

Uruguay regulates legal marijuana program with Integrated Biometrics fingerprint scanners

A controversial legal marijuana distribution program is underway in Uruguay, with Integrated Biometrics‘ fingerprint scanners enabling a range of government-imposed limitations, as well as allowing for user anonymity.

Planning for the program began in the South American nation of 3.4 million people in 2014, when former President José Mujica singed a bill to legalize recreational use of marijuana, in limited amounts, by Uruguayan citizens. The bill, which gives the government control of every aspect of the marijuana trade from production through distribution, was aimed at reducing crime associated with the drug trade, and other social benefits, but has been contentious both domestically and internationally.

Mon
11
Dec

Uruguay sells recreational marijuana to more than 16000 people five months after legalizing

Five months after legalising recreational marijuana, there are more than 16,000 Uruguayans registered to buy the drug from pharmacies, up from 5,000 users in July.

People in Uruguay can also grow plants at home, or become a member of a local Cannabis Club to withdraw up to 40g of marijuana per month. There are 70 membership clubs, according to data from the Institute for Regulation and Control of Cannabis website.

With many countries around the world campaigning to legalise the sale and purchase of marijuana, the world’s eyes are on countries like Uruguay to see how the government coped with the new system and what obstacles they encountered.

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