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Uruguay: Medical Marijuana May Cost More Than Recreational Pot

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — As this country's remarkable legal marijuana experiment continues to unfold, an unexpected detail has emerged: It could cost more for cancer patients to buy weed for pain relief than for plain old stoners getting high just for fun.

Citing Uruguay's drug czar Julio Calzada, El Observador newspaper reported on Feb. 6 that medical marijuana will cost more than recreational weed.

A National Drug Council spokesman confirmed on Wednesday that cannabis grown in Uruguay for medicinal uses — like treating pain and nausea caused by chemotherapy, or helping boost appetites for HIV/AIDS patients — will cost more than recreational pot.


Uruguay marijuana licences lure world bidders

South American country plans to issue as many as five permits to grow cannabis

MONTEVIDEO — Canadian medical-marijuana producer Tilray and the founder of a German cannabis products retailer are among 11 investors bidding for a foothold in a formerly illegal industry in Uruguay: marijuana farms.

Once the government issues the licences, pot could reach pharmacies in three to four months, said Alfredo Dupetit, a partner in Montevideo, Uruguay-based bidder Lucus SRL.

Pharmacies will then be able to sell as much as 40 grams (0.1 pound) of pot a month, enough for about 60 joints, to registered users, the government has said.


LACC partners with Uruguay for marijuana research project

The Latin American and Caribbean Center and the Universidad Católica del Uruguay have partnered to conduct a research project on the legalization of marijuana and the transformation of drug policy.

In 2013, Uruguay passed a bill regulating the production, distribution and consumption of marijuana. For Jose Miguel Cruz, director of research at the university’s LACC, this was the ideal situation for an experiment.

“The point of the project was not to advocate, or oppose, the legalization of marijuana,” Cruz said. “We really want to know, in terms of policy, what happens when you change your approach toward drugs.”


Russian Foreign Ministry laments Uruguay’s marijuana legalization


MOSCOW, December 27. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia's Foreign Ministry says it regrets Uruguay’s decision to legalize marijuana. Growing, selling and consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes was signed into law by president Jose Mujica on December 24.

“This step has caused a sharply negative response from the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), the main body for supervision of compliance with international drugs control conventions,” the ministry said.

The board believed the new law contravened the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, confining cannabis consumption to scientific and medical purposes, Russia's statement said.


Uruguay President José Mujica Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for Legalising Marijuana

José Mujica, Uruguay's president, whose advocates claim that his initiative of legalising marijuana in the country worked in favour of peace, has been declared as a Nobel Peace Prize nominee for 2014.

This is the second consecutive year when Mr Mujica is touted as a potential Nobel Peace Prize winner by the Drugs Peace Institute which has earlier supported his initiation of the legalisation of marijuana since 2012. The legalisation is based on the idea that marijuana consumption must be protected as one of the human rights.


Pot Legalization In Uruguay Is Going Forward In A Big Way

AFPUruguay sees it as an alternative to the "war on drugs."

A total of 22 companies have submitted bids to supply marijuana under a law making Uruguay the first country to legalize production, sale and distribution of the drug, the government said Thursday.

Eight of them are Uruguayan, 10 foreign and the rest are joint ventures, said the newly created Institute for the Regulation and Control of Cannabis.

Their product will be sold in pharmacies under the groundbreaking law approved in December.

The law's mastermind, former leftist guerrilla President Jose Mujica, says it is a way to circumvent traffickers and stop wasting resources in fighting them.


Uruguay Opens Registration of Cannabis Clubs

The government of Uruguay opened registration of cannabis clubs, a new phase of implementation of the law that regulates the self-cultivation and to be completed with the sale of marijuana in pharmacies on Thursday.

The IRCCA (Institute for Regulation and Control of Cannabis) "starts, from 10.30.2014, the first Record Club Membership" the statement said.

The law, passed in December last year, allows up to six cannabis plants per household (480 grams per year), registration of cultivation membership clubs with 15-45 members and a number of proportional plants began in August and with a maximum of 99.


Uruguay cannabis growers' clubs: Registration begins

Juan Manuel, owner of the first shop dedicated to cannabis merchandising in Montevideo, rolls a joint

Uruguay has started registering cannabis growers' clubs as part of the government's plan to legalise the drug.

Licensed clubs of up to 45 members will be allowed to grow a maximum of 99 plants each year.

In August, growing up to six plants of cannabis at home became legal.

Uruguay legalised the production and sale of cannabis last December and the government hopes to sell it from pharmacies in the new year.

A man waits to register at the post office. The new law allowed citizens and legal residents of Uruguay to register to legally grow marijuana at home, with a limit of six plants per home and 480 grams per year.


Uruguay comienza a registrar los primeros clubes de cannabis | Uruguay, marihuana, José Mujica, Luis Lacalle Pou


Desde hoy, aquellos interesados en formar clubes de cannabis podrán registrarse en Uruguay. El Instituto de Regulación y Control del Cannabis (IRCCA) "pone en funcionamiento, a partir del 30/10/2014, el primer Registro de Clubes de Membresía", señala un comunicado oficial del organismo.


Uruguay’s superstar president bows out – but will his liberal marijuana laws survive?

Juan Palese, 25, stands outside the door of his Urugrow shop, sharing a red-tipped marijuana joint with a group of young friends. The sweet, pungent aroma of cannabis permeates the street as chattering students from Montevideo’s nearby school of social sciences walk heedlessly by.

“Two policemen live here, right next door,” Palese says with a mischievous look, leaning into the entrance of an old house next to his “grow shop”, where he sells fertilisers and compost for growing cannabis at home. Business is good, and a steady trickle of customers arrive throughout the afternoon.


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