Uruguay

Tue
01
Dec

In Uruguay, the Only Country with Legal Cannabis, Price is Less than $1 a Gram

With Canada currently examining ways to legally regulate the distribution of recreational cannabis, we thought it was a good idea to take an updated look at the only country in the world that has legalized the sale of cannabis; Uruguay (other countries may turn a blind eye to cannabis sales, but Uruguay is the only one where it has been statutorily legalized).

Mon
23
Nov

Uruguay officials discover pot-growing clubs may have created 'gray market' for marijuana

Authorities in Uruguay say the country's legal pot-growing clubs may be selling marijuana and cannabis products without approval, creating a kind of "gray market."

The pot-growing clubs are allowed to have 45 members who can collectively cultivate up to 99 plants for personal use, but they cannot sell the marijuana.

Uruguay became the first nation to approve marijuana legalization and regulation in 2013.

The law also allows Uruguayan adults to buy up to 40 grams of marijuana from pharmacies once a month. But there have been delays in implementing the pioneering plan.

Fri
20
Nov

Uruguay authorities discover 'gray market' for pot

Montevideo - Authorities in Uruguay say the country's legal pot-growing clubs may be selling marijuana and cannabis products without approval, creating a kind of "gray market".

The pot-growing clubs are allowed to have 45 members who can collectively cultivate up to 99 plants for personal use, but they cannot sell the marijuana.

Uruguay became the first nation to approve marijuana legalization and regulation in 2013.

The law also allows Uruguayan adults to buy up to 40g of marijuana from pharmacies once a month. But there have been delays in implementing the pioneering plan.

Fri
20
Nov

Uruguay Evaluates Marijuana Varieties for Sale in Drugstores

MONTEVIDEO – The government is analyzing several different kinds of marijuana to select the ones to be sold in pharmacies under Uruguay’s pot-decriminalization program, the chairman of the National Drugs Board said.

“What the government is doing is to guarantee ... the quality of cannabis because the product that reaches people who decide to consume it must have a certain quality and amounts of components,” Juan Andres Roballo told reporters.

He said the Institute for Cannabis Regulation and Control and the National Seed Institute are the agencies measuring the percentage of THC – the principal psychoactive ingredient in marijuana – and overall quality of several types of seeds “to minimize harm.”

Thu
19
Nov

After Mujica: Can Uruguay Maintain Its Progressive Model?

In a region wracked by drug-related crimes, Uruguay stood out in 2013 when it became the first country in Latin America, and the world, to legalize the growth and sale of marijuana. Critics argued that the move would open the floodgates to increased consumption and abuse, but then-President Jose “Pepe” Mujica argued that the measure would quell drug trafficking in a country where one-third of prison inmates serve time on narcotics-related charges. The decision, while unprecedented, is consistent with Uruguay’s legacy of socially progressive policies; the country legalized abortion in 2012, was among the first in Latin America to establish a welfare state guaranteeing free public education and has been a leader in women’s rights.

Thu
19
Nov

Uruguayan Government Promotes Medical Marijuana Research

MONTEVIDEO – The Uruguayan government wants to spur research on medical marijuana under the 2013 legislation that decriminalized cannabis in the country, Milton Romani, secretary-general of the National Drugs Board, told EFE.

After a videoconference with Israeli experts, Romani said that Uruguay’s legal framework on marijuana “provides a comparative advantage” over other countries in developing medical uses of cannabis.

Dr. Itai Gur-Arie, head of Sheba Pain Clinic, said research on medicinal marijuana faces obstacles in Israel, where the substance is still banned.

Fri
06
Nov

Mexico: A big win for marijuana

High spirits. As most everyone knows by now, the Mexican Supreme Court issued a ruling yesterday opening the door to marijuana self-grows. Some details from El Daily Post: “Mexico's Supreme Court ruled on Wednesdaythat growing, possessing and smoking marijuana for recreation are legal under a person's right to personal freedoms. The five-justice panel approved the measure in a 4-1 vote. At this point, the ruling covers only the plaintiffs in one case, a group of people wanting to form a pot club. The ruling did not approve the sale or commercialization of marijuana, and it is not expected it will lead to general legalization.

Fri
06
Nov

The legalization of cannabis in Uruguay is not like the picture painted by Pablo Iglesias

Pablo Iglesias spoke of an idyllic world after the legalization of marijuana in Uruguay that does not correspond with reality. 63% of Uruguayans were against the measure. Only 2,000 of the 150,000 consumers have pointed to legal records. The sell in pharmacies has been delayed until 2016. It is impossible that from this data legalizing marijuana has had a beneficial impact.

Thu
05
Nov

Six countries where Marijuana consumption is legal

Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that growing, possessing and smoking marijuana for recreation is legal under the right to freedom. The measure was approved in 4-1 vote on the five-justice panel, backing the argument that smoking marijuana is covered under the right of “free development of personality.”

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Here’s a quick look at five countries where Marijuana is legal and what the law states:

Czech Republic

Wed
04
Nov

Video: Uruguay's radical cannabis plans

 

Uruguay was the first country in the world to legalise the personal cultivation, consumption and sale of cannabis.

Now its government is moving a step closer to a full commercial market for it, by awarding licenses for businesses to grow the drug. 

Many supporters hope the move might also lead to a breakthrough in cannabis research for medical purposes.

Wyre Davies reports from Montevideo.

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