Uruguay is well on their way to being the dankest country in modern history. They’re the first in pot, setting a precedent in 2013, becoming the first country to wake up and smell the kush by legalizing the sale and production of cannabis. Some states in America are waking up to change, while others are bogged down in yesteryear.
Meanwhile, Uruguay unleashed legal pot to the market on Wednesday. For the first time, nationwide, citizens of Uruguay were able to get their hands on government-approved marijuana. So far, nearly five thousand Uruguayans have applied to the national registry to purchase pot. Seventy percent of those registered are males between the ages of 30 and 44. There’s gonna be a lot of high bros in Uruguay, dude.
But all because pot is legal doesn’t mean the government won’t still f*ck with your weed, whether it’s in the United States or south of the border.
Of course with any government program, there’s usually going to be restrictions, regulations, red tape, etc. In order for a citizen of Uruguay to buy ganja, they’ll need to register with the government’s spanking new pot bureaucracy, the Institute for the Regulation and Control of Cannabis (IRCCA). Anyone who purchases legal cannabis in that nation must be at least 18 years old or older. They’re also strict limitations on how much pot you can purchase at a time. The new rule is you can only buy a maximum of 10 grams (0.35oz) a week and nothing exceeding 40 grams per month. And you’re probably going to be pissed when I tell you how much THC is in the big government marijuana.
Right now, 16 pharmacies throughout Uruguay is selling marijuana. To purchase the product, the customer will also need to go through the process of fingerprint recognition. This is some real next level special ops sh*t just to get your hands on some simple grass.
Welp, it gets worst. When that lucky citizen decides to buy the greenery, they’re only given two options. The customer will have to chose between Alpha 1 and Beta 1, both developed in state-supervised fields. And oh, they’re both only 2 percent THC.
But the silver lining in all of this is that each gram of cannabis only costs $1.30 per gram. That sure does sound like a bargain if it weren’t watered down scheme weed. The lion’s share of the revenue (90 cents per sale) is driven back to the pot industry, while the rest is split up between the pharmacies and the state government. The tax revenue from marijuana sales will allegedly be used to fund prevention programs.
Lawmakers believe that their idea of legal weed will cut the illegal pot trade, devastate and destroy the marijuana black market, and raise a lot of tax money through sales. Good idea, geniuses! The only problem is that what they consider legal marijuana is barely even marijuana at all. Two percent THC, are you kidding me? Apparently not.
These smart guys believe that only allowing people to sell weed with only 2 percent THC will strike a blow to organized crime. Watered down buds will surely to put an end to the black market of cannabis, right? I’m sure no one will go to the dealer selling pot with 18-60+ percent THC content. They’ll be more than happy sucking down a gram with barely any kick to it. Of course, I’m be utterly sarcastic right now.
But this is only the beginning. Soon enough, many more will smarten up to the lucrative dynamics of this growing green boom.
By the way, it’s worth mentioning that only citizens of Uruguay can purchase legal buds in that country. It’s all good though. Their cannabis quality sounds terrible. Just awful. Two percent, are you f*cking kidding me?