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Uruguay Implements Retail Marijuana Sales

Three years ago, Uruguay, South America, became the first country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana, and on Wednesday, July 19, Uruguay finally established the rules for selling and buying marijuana.


Government officials were worried their small nation might become a tourist destination for smokers. To prevent that, only citizens may purchase and grow pot legally. A tough registration process requires buyers to have their fingerprints scanned with each purchase.


To prevent an illegal market, pharmacies are selling ten grams of marijuana for 13 dollars. That is enough for 15 joints. Also, to prevent abuse, advertisements for selling marijuana are illegal, and a portion of profits will be dedicated to prevention and treatment programs.



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