This Country Just Started Selling Marijuana in Pharmacies

The Background 

Way back in 2013, a small South American country became the first in the world to legalize the “recreational use, sale and cultivation of marijuana” (and here we thought we were progressive). Now, four years later, pot has finally become legal in Uruguay. Starting this past Wednesday, pharmacies across the country are selling five-gram packets for $6.50 directly to the more than 5,000 cannabis users who have registered with the country’s government. Guardian

What Else You Need to Know

There’s definitely a lot we can learn in Canada from how Uruguay regulated their now-legal pot industry. They set up some basic rules: any citizen over 18 can legally purchase the drug, but they can only purchase a maximum of 40 grams (depending on how big you roll ’em, each gram should be enough for two or three joints) per month for their personal use (which is tracked using fingerprint recognition software). The product is being grown by two state-authorized companies, Symbiosis and Iccorp, and they’re both being closely monitored to make sure that THC levels stay at the approved levels, and that it’s not sold to foreigners and doesn’t leave the country.

What’s Next?

Uruguay will hopefully set a good example, and other countries will soon follow suit.