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Uruguay to limit marijuana buyers to 10g per week

Published on May 3, 2014 10:39 AM

MONTEVIDEO (AFP) - Uruguay on Friday said that consumers can purchase up to 10 grams of marijuana per week at less than US$1 (S$1.25) per gram, as the country embarks on a unique experiment in drug regulation.

In December, the South American country became the first in the world to regulate the market for cannabis and its derivatives in what was considered a bold move by authorities frustrated with losing resources to fighting drug trafficking.

National Drug Board President Diego Canepa said buyers would have to register first under the decree, due to be signed by ministers on Monday and published Tuesday.

The government will call on private interests to plant cannabis "no more than two weeks after the decree enters into force," he added, noting that two to six licences would be issued.

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