In a First for Latin America, Uruguay Rolls out Program Legalizing Marijuana

Diego Prandini is bent over in a small, brightly lit room, watering marijuana plants of all shapes and sizes. He crawls into a corner to reach some smaller specimens, labeled with names like “Ushua” and “RGB1,” all of which will be part of the next two-kilogram harvest.

“I've been at this for seven hours today,” he says, standing and smiling. “So my back is starting to get a little tired.”

Until recently, this job would have been illegal, and he might have worked for dangerous narcotraficantes, perhaps in hidden in nearby Paraguay. But Prandini, 37 and sporting a T-shirt and mohawk, tends his plants in a pleasant middle-class neighborhood of Uruguay's capital, and as a break, he heads downstairs to enjoy a joint with his co-workers and watch YouTube videos. 


Stoners Can Now Travel The World Legally Smoking Weed Thanks To ‘Bud ‘n’ Breakfasts’

Normally when visiting weed friendly countries such as Amsterdam and certain states within the U.S., travellers still have to save the sneaky puff for allocated spots around the city.


Although you’ll find the odd smoking booth outside your hotel, it’s generally not cool to be sparking a fat one in the comfort of your own room. But no longer will this be an issue as there’s now a website called ‘Bud n Breakfast’ where you can find accommodation that is cannabis friendly. Zing!

Set up by Sean Roby and Shayan Bastani, it’s basically like Hostelworld or AirBnB for people who like to get high. What’s not to like?


Marijuana Legalization in Uruguay: Progress and Challenges Three Years Later

In December 2013, the Uruguayan Chamber of Senators approved Law 19.172, through which the General Assembly regulated the production, marketing and possession of marijuana in Uruguay.

According to the Scientific Advisory Committee for Monitoring and Evaluation of the Policy for the Regulation and Control of Marijuana in Uruguay, Law 19.172 decriminalizes users of recreational cannabis, and helps concentrate the country’s institutional efforts in the promotion of drug prevention programs, as well as medical care for the potential affected users, while fighting drug trafficking.

Nearly three years after the creation of this law, it is worth examining how its implementation is doing.


Uruguay to Present Registry for Marijuana Consumers

Diego Olivera, secretary general of the Uruguayan National Drug Consuming Office Board, assured Tuesday that the new registry for marijuana consumers, will be launched in September for its legal sale in pharmacies.
In his statements to a local television network, the official pointed out that later they will expire with the arrival of cannabis to each of the pharmacies .

He told reporters that the drugstores record is in permanent evolution on having existed today about 40 and they hope that they should keep on increasing.

On the sale of marijuana foreseen for July in the establishments, Olivera aimed that there was a rescheduling according to the safety in each of the given steps.


Weeks From Selling Pot, Uruguay Producer Sees Future in Hemp

For all the buzz it’s generating, legalized pot may not live up to the hype. At least not in Uruguay where limits on production and pricing have led one of two producers to diversify into less regulated hemp.

Weeks before selling its first ounce of pot at pharmacies, International Cannabis Corp. is already betting that hemp - a variety of cannabis - will be a much bigger market than selling the psychoactive part of the plant, according to Chief Executive Officer Guillermo Delmonte. Hemp and its extracts can be used in food, cosmetics and medicine.


Uruguay to Finally Allow Marijuana Sales in Pharmacies

Pharmacies initially showed some disagreement and refusal to implement the sale of this marijuana in their premises (El Observador)

Español Uruguay will finally be creating a registry for consumers who want to buy marijuana in pharmacies.

The government reported the amount of marijuana that is produced for sale in pharmacies is enough for distribution; however, according to experts and surveys of domestic consumers, it won’t actually cover the country’s demand.


South American Gold Sees Continued Growth and Opportunity in Global Cannabis Markets

South American Gold Corp. (OTC PINK: SAGD) announced yesterday that the continued growth and development of the domestic cannabis markets have the company more committed than ever to their business model and revenue goals.  On July 5, 2016, Jane, the express ordering kiosk that helps cannabis retailers sell their products, joined the American Trade Association of Cannabis and Hemp. "We're proud to join ATACH and hopefully help shape the industry's dialogue around proper compliance and responsible banking behavior," commented David Ellerstein, CEO of Jane.


Uruguayan Pharmacists Say No To Marijuana

In December 2013, Uruguay became the first country to legalize cannabis for recreational use.[1] This movement was supported by former President José Pepe Mujica in an effort to regularize “a clandestine market.”[2] Mujica argued that legalization “is a measure against…drug [dealers].” “We are trying to snatch the market away from them,” he stated in a 2014 interview with CNN.[3] By working to take the marijuana market out of the hands of illegal dealers and placing it in the hands of private companies and individual growers—who are selected and monitored by the government—Uruguay has set a truly progressive plan into motion. In 2014, COHA published an article detailing the implications of Uruguay’s marijuana legalization and its effect on the War on Drugs.


Uruguay Marijuana Growers Compete in Cannabis Cup

Uruguay is home to the world’s first government-regulated national marketplace for pot, so it’s not surprising that growers have a competition for best marijuana.

At the Cannabis Cup over the weekend, a panel of regional experts judged entries for aroma, flavor, effects and strength before picking the winners of the best indoor and outdoor crops.

Silver cups were awarded to the winners, such as Guillermo Amandola, who won in the self-grown outdoor crop category, and Eduardo Bandera, for self-grown indoor pot.


Marijuana Can Be Sold at Uruguay Pharmacies, but Few Want To

Rossana Rilla could sell marijuana under Uruguay’s pioneering law that lets pharmacies distribute pot. But she says there is no way she will.

In her 28 years as a pharmacist, she has been beaten, dragged across the floor and threatened by thieves at gunpoint and with a grenade. She fears that selling marijuana would only make her store a bigger target for robbers and burglars.

“You see their faces and you can tell right away that they are not consumers who are here just to buy” marijuana, Rilla said about the “suspicious people” who have recently been coming into her Montevideo pharmacy asking if she sells pot.


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