Uruguay is a country which has been at the forefront of cannabis legizlation, being the first country in the world to pass a law legalizing recreational use in 2013

Since then, there are currently for 5,000 medical cannabis users in Uruguay who have qualified and are registered with government institutions. They can now purchase 5 grams of cannabis, in sealed packets, at a cost of $6.50.

As the law stands now, any Uruguayan citizen who is 18+ can register to buy cannabis from their local pharmacy, using advanced fingerprint recognition technology. Two strains will be on offer, named “Alfa 1” and “Beta 1” respectively.

Raquel Peyraube, president of the Uruguayan Society for the Study of Cannabis, a collective of health professionals that promotes the investigation of marijuana for medical use, told reporters, “I hope I’m wrong, but all the indications are that the effect will be weak, given the content,” referring to the low THC content in the new products.

That could mean that the government will have a hard time properly regulating cannabis in Uruguay, as the black market will no doubt supply those who want the higher THC strains.

32-year-old Xavier Ferreyra, is one was of the first patients to join the new program, speaking to reporters, he said, “Now we’re at a point where freedom to consume is guaranteed.”

While other countries in Latin America have moved towards easing prohibition of cannabis, especially in a medical capacity, Uruguay is by far at the front of the line when it comes to offering its citizens the help and relief they need from a variety of ailments.

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