Marijuana Is About To Be Legalized For Uruguayan Citizens
In 2013, Uruguay voted to legalize the mainstream sale and consumption of marijuana, and starting in July, Quartz reports, citizens will have the ability to purchase weed from retail establishments.
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Of course, we don’t mean that retail establishments like Wal-Mart are going to be selling it.
Starting in July, Uruguayan consumers can purchase up to 40 grams a month at sanctioned pharmacies.
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) May 2, 2017
You just know the Yelp reviews at these places are going to get super weird.
And they can get it at the low price of $1.30 per gram.
While it’s not free, it’s definitely cheaper than most places, Yahoo! reports. The low price is Uruguay’s way of undermining the black market, which currently charges more twice that price.
As Quartz points out, weed can cost residents of Washington, where recreational marijuana is legal, around $7.00 per gram.
That’s quite a big difference in price.
Tourists won’t be able to purchase marijuana. Only Uruguayan citizens and legal residents can register to buy recreational weed.
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Pot has been mostly legal in Uruguay for a while, Yahoo! News reports. Uruguayans have had permission to have their homegrown weed, and it has been legal to smoke in clubs. The law making pot legal for consumers to buy was passed in 2013, but it has taken several years to get the specifics ready. Consumers will have to submit fingerprints so that the government can keep track of their consumption.
Uruguay’s government has sent out public service announcements using the hashtag #RegularEsSerResponsable.
— Geoff Ramsey (@PanAmericanPost) May 2, 2017
Or, “To regulate is to be responsible.”