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article imageUruguay will sell legally grown marijuana by year's end

By Kev Hedges     Mar 14, 2014 in World
Santiago - Uruguay plans to begin selling legalized cloned marijuana grown under government control by December 2014, President Jose Mujica said on Wednesday.
Mujica, who has been on a recent visit to South American neighbour Chile, told newspapers the process would be complex because of market regulations and that the marijuana would be grown in a secure area, probably an armed military establishment. Mujica also stated that there would be private enterprise firms involved, albeit under strict and certain conditions.
The cannabis plants would be cloned to reproduce an identifiable genetic code, which would allow the state to track back and clearly identify the origin of the marijuana. But Mujica warned that it is not about to let the good times roll and there would be no plans to export to other nations. The President said, "We do not want to be producers for export or complicate the lives of our neighbours."
In December 2013, Uruguay became the world's first nation to regulate the market of marijuana sales in medical and recreational form. The plan was considered a very bold one at the time and other nations have been monitoring the experiment. It was a path chosen by the authorities after decades of frustration spent losing resources in the war against drug trafficking.
The new law allows production, distribution and the selling of marijuana providing individuals are over 18. Citizens are now allowed to grow their own cannabis on a small scale and create so-called "consumer clubs" but all these have to be registered with state authorities.
Pharmaceutical companies around the world are watching closely as interest in investing and buying the drug for medical uses from Uruguay appears to be an economic sentiment.
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