Uruguay Aims to Produce 6-10 Tons of Marijuana a Year

Uruguay, the world’s first country to legalize marijuana, is aiming to produce between six and 10 tons of pot a year for local use, a senior government official told AFP.

National Drug Board chief Milton Romani told AFP in an interview that the pot would be distributed through pharmacies and sold to registered users at $1.40 a gram.

Almost everything is set so that sales can begin, Romani said. Officials need to choose companies to distribute the weed, and “we just need to fine-tune the software for registration and pharmacy sales,” he said.

In December 2013, Uruguay approved a law that lets the state grant licenses to grow and harvest marijuana that will be sold to registered users through pharmacies.

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