On Thursday, Uruguay announced that it will become the first country in the world to sell marijuana over the counter in pharmacies. As High Times notes, the move comes four years after President José Mujica completely legalized the drug in the nation.
“Cannabis will be dispensed in pharmacies starting in the month of July,” president of the National Drug Board, Juan Andres Roballo, said at a press conference.
To qualify for the new program, medical marijuana patients will have to join a national registry. Initially, they’ll be able to purchase 40 grams a month, set at a price of $1.30 per gram, in five-gram containers. Later, 10-gram-containers may become available.
Sixteen drugstores will sell the legal marijuana, which will be grown in state-supervised fields to “guarantee the quality and the purity of the product.”