MONTEVIDEO – The Uruguayan government on Thursday announced that on May 2 it will allow people to start registering as official users of marijuana, another step on the road toward letting them buy it legally in pharmacies to treat various afflictions.
At the same time, a massive public media campaign will be launched to inform the public about the risks of consuming pot and the requirements established to regulate its use and its sale by pharmacies, the president of the National Drug Board (JND), Juan Andres Roballo, said at a press conference.
Roballo said that this will be another route whereby people may acquire marijuana legally, after Uruguay allowed people or “pot clubs” to register to grow marijuana for their own use.
Marijuana will become available in Uruguayan pharmacies during the first half of July and so far 16 pharmacies have signed up to dispense it, Roballo said, adding that a large pharmacy chain has expressed interest in joining the program.
He estimated that at least 30 pharmacies around the country would be authorized to sell marijuana by July.
Initially, 400 kilograms of pot grown in Uruguay by two registered and licensed firms will be available for sale, although Roballo did not specify when that amount would be augmented.
In 2013, Uruguay became the first country to regulate the production and sale of marijuana with a law establishing the conditions for its recreational, medicinal and scientific use.