Thousands of weed users lined up at pharmacies across the country on Wednesday to buy cannabis legally, as new rules for cannabis sales took full effect.
The new measure has made Uruguay the first country to legalize pot in full, from growing plants to purchasing buds. Currently, 16 country’s pharmacies are authorized to sell cannabis and weed-infused products.
More than 5,000 Uruguayans have already registered as marijuana consumers. The new rules allow them to purchase up to 40 grams of pot per month and authorize licensed users to grow cannabis plants.
The price for weed is about $1.30 per gram, of which 90 cents will go to marijuana cultivators. The rest of the money will be divided between the government and the pharmacies. The herb is sold in blue envelopes with a special seal of authenticity and warnings about its effects.
Thus, Uruguay has become the first nation worldwide to regulate a weed marketplace in an effort to decrease crime and homicide rates associated with drug trafficking.