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Shopping Lists of Uruguay’s Pharmacy Goers Now Include Pot

July 9, 2017
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Legal Cannabis in Uruguay has finally started. Most people who visit their local pharmacies go with a list that includes common household items such toiletries, beauty products, sanitary pads and items, toothpaste, sunscreen, shampoo, soap, or whatever your medicine cabinet needs.

Sometimes, trips to the pharmacy include a visit to the pharmacist to pick up any necessary prescriptions.

Imagine if that visit to the pharmacist included picking up an ounce of your favorite strain of cannabis along with your personal necessities?

Welcome to Uruguay, the South American country that is leading the way in the recreational legalization of marijuana in the world.

As of July 2017, customers at Uruguay’s pharmacies will be able to pick up their recreational pot right from their pharmacist.

How it Works

Uruguay’s government has two licensed recreational marijuana growing centers within the country, ICC and Simbiosys, that will be providing the pharmacies with the products to be sold to consumers.

Through this model, the Uruguayan government can regulate the production, distribution, sales and taxation of recreational marijuana within the country.

The intention is to help crush the black market and prevent drug smuggling into and out of the country, while not increasing consumption rates among citizens.

Looks Like a Good Deal

Here’s where the allure is of legal pharmacy pot in Uruguay: While purchasing cannabis at pharmacies will be restricted to 1.4 oz per month, each gram of marijuana will sell at a market rate of $1.30.

Pharmacies will begin selling the cannabis product in bags of 5g, with THC concentrations no higher than 15%.

What this amounts to is good weed, cultivated in a quality-controlled facility, at a cheaper rate that it’s available on the street.

Not A Free For All

While legal recreational cannabis has been a reality in Uruguay since 2013, the idea of legal weed in pharmacies is still rather “green” for pharmacists.

Pharmacies have been slow to sign up to carry marijuana products, most being opposed to the idea of selling something psycho-active and used for recreationally.

On the other card, those pharmacies who have signed up recognize the therapeutic benefits of marijuana and the social benefits such government regulation will provide.

The world will wait as Uruguay reports on its first months of selling recreational pharmacies as more areas across the globe advocate for similar privileges.


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