Uruguay’s First Week of Federally Funded Marijuana

–Researched and written by Adriana Threlkeld

After five long years, July 19 marked the first day of Uruguay’s state controlled sale of marijuana. President Vázquez supports the controversial law introduced by President Mujica, and claims that legalization may alleviate the country’s drug trafficking problem. Since only a third of the country’s population supports legalization, July 19 played a crucial role in establishing the program’s aptitude for success. Despite an increase in the amount of registered consumers in the week leading up to the 19th, pharmacies doubted if the program could succeed outside of Montevideo.

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