Uruguay will become the world’s first country to allow recreational marijuana to be sold in pharmacies starting in July, the president’s office said.
The move is the last step in implementing a revolutionary law that the South American country adopted in 2013 that fully legalized the production, sale and consumption of marijuana.
The most innovative － and controversial － aspect of the law, pharmacy sales, had been on hold, with no clear timeline for when it would begin. But President Tabare Vazquez’s administration put an end to the uncertainty. "Cannabis will be dispensed in pharmacies starting in the month of July," said presidential aide Juan Andres Roballo.
Under the law, buyers must sign up for a national registry of marijuana users to ensure they have fulfilled licensing procedures and do not exceed the monthly maximum purchase of 40 grams. The registry － which is open only to Uruguayan citizens and permanent residents － will be up and running on May 2, Roballo said.
Only 16 pharmacies have signed agreements with the government to supply marijuana so far. The government is hoping to reach at least 30 by the time sales begin. Uruguay, a country of 3.4 million people, has an estimated 150,000 regular marijuana users.
Source article: http://iservice.ltn.com.tw/Service/english/english.php?engno=1095438&day=2017-04-19
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