Uruguay will start promoting hashish in pharmacies from July, the ultimate stage within the nation’s pioneering regularisation of the drug.
The South American nation would be the first on the earth to legally promote the drug over-the-counter for leisure use.
The transfer was set in movement in 2013 with a regulation that totally legalised the hashish commerce.
Nonetheless, it has been a gradual course of to place the regulation into follow.
“Hashish can be distributed in pharmacies beginning within the month of July,” presidential aide Juan Andres Roballo informed a press convention.
The regulation requires consumers to enroll to a nationwide registry, which Mr Roballo mentioned could be up and operating by 2 Might. The value can be US$1.30 (£1) per gram.
Registrants – who should be Uruguayan residents or everlasting residents – can buy as much as a most of 40 grams (1.four ounces) per thirty days.
The marijuana offered will come from state-supervised fields.
The regulation additionally permits customers to develop their very own at house, or be part of cooperative clubs that farm it.
Many pharmacists have doubted the monetary advantages of promoting a cost-controlled product.
Some Uruguayan consumers had been additionally reluctant to enroll to a nationwide registry, complaining of the invasion of their privateness and of getting to maintain to the month-to-month limits.
The federal government has now finished a cope with 16 pharmacies, however it hopes to enroll extra.
Mr Roballo mentioned there could be a public well being marketing campaign earlier than the registry was opened.
He additionally mentioned the federal government was not near masking the anticipated demand, however it doesn’t consider there can be “an avalanche of customers” signing up,