Uruguay: Pharmacies Begin Selling Cannabis Over The Counter

Montevideo, Uruguay: Select pharmacies began selling cannabis over the counter last week, as long-awaited regulations took effect on Wednesday.

Cannabis sales are limited only to those citizens who participate in the state’s marijuana registry. Foreign tourists are not permitted to purchase cannabis at this time.

Marijuana flowers are capped at a price of $1.30 a gram.

Federal officials initially approved legislation in 2013 lifting Uruguay’s criminal prohibition of the plant. Under the policy change, citizens may cultivate up to six plants per household, and engage in collective cultivation as part of membership clubs. Rules and regulations governing the distribution of marijuana for medical purposes are overseen by the Ministry of Health.

For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.