Under former President José Mujica , Uruguay became the first country in the world to legalize Marijuana in 2013.
Uruguay will now become the first country in the world to sell cannabis over the counter in pharmacies legally .
Legalization of cultivation, distribution, and consumption in 2013 paved the way for the first authorization of pharmacies to legally sell MMJ over the counter.
President of the National Drug Board, Juan Andres Roballo, told a press conference Thursday that “Cannabis will be dispensed in pharmacies starting in the month of July,”
Under the law, patients must sign up for a national registry and cannot exceed the monthly limit of 40 grams. At $1.30 per gram, a price set by Uruguay’s National Drugs Council, cannabis will be available to Uruguayan citizens or permanent residents exclusively.
16 pharmaceutical chains, who have come to an agreement with Uruguayan government, will be legally authorized to sell the cannabis over the counter.
Vendors are only allowed to sell MMJ in 5g containers, 10g containers are will be introduced later
The cannabis will come from state-monitored fields, with the plants grown under the supervision of licensed producers.
Roballo stated the Uruguayan government anticipates state-grown cannabis will “guarantee the quality and the purity of the product”