Uruguay marks first legal cannabis harvest

Posted on June 22nd, 2016 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

Uruguay The two companies responsible for cannabis production in Uruguay this week began the country's first legal harvest, claiming some 300 grams each from hundreds of plants gown in licensed indoor or greenhouse operations. The president of the National Drug Board (JND), Juan Andrés Roballo, announced that "soon the first harvest from the licensed companies" will be hitting the nation's pharamcies. The companies, International Cannabis Corp (ICCorp) and Simbiosys, with facilities on the outskirts of Montevideo, planted in February under the close oversight of the government's Institute for the Regulation and Control of Cannabis (IRCCA). The harvest will continue next week; then another six weeks for drying, manicuring and packing before it arrives in stores. This means by August, Uruguayans will be able to purchase packets of five or 10 grams at 50 licensed pharmacies. The price is set at one euro or $1.20 per gram.

Stock at the drugstores, which will be closely monitored, is to be renewed every 15 days. Users will be able purchase up to 40 grams per month—with proper identification and their names registered. In addition to the licensed pharmacies (mostly in the Montevideo metropolitan area), there are 15 cannabis clubs registered, as well as some 3,000 individual growers. Clubs will be able to grow up to 99 plants and distribute 40 grams (about enough for that many fat joints) a month to up to 45 members. Although there is no specific medical marijuana law, the Uruguay Medical Union is a developing a curriculum on medicinal use.

It certainly isn't going to be the kind of freewhelling cannabis capitalism now taking off in Colorado. The law bans the branding of cannabis strains or products, and all advertizing. And sales are off-limits to tourists—only Uruguayan citizens and legal residents. (Segundo Enfoque, Argentina, June 21; República, Uruguay, El Dínamo, Chile, June 16; InfoBae, Argentina, June 15; Ecos, Uruguay, June 14; Telam, Argentina, May 31; Vivibrescia, Oct. 3)

Cross-post to High Times

Graphic: Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection



Cannabis arrives in Uruguay pharmacies —at last

Bill Weinberg's picture  AP just reported that sales of cannabis at Uruguay pharmacies are set to begin this week. Yet, as noted above, we saw similar headlines a year ago. What gives? Laura Blanco of the Asociación de Estudios del Cannabis del Uruguay infoms us that last year's harvest was rejected by the Health Ministry for presence of funghus and the like. She decries lack of government oversight when the stuff was actually in production. But here we are, at last... Felicidades, Uruguay! 
Comment by Bill Weinberg on Jul 14th, 2017 at 5:11 pm

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