Marijuana: Study Alternative To Pharmacies

There are already two points of sale that announced that they would stop marketing cannabis.

Faced with the blockade of bank accounts to pharmacies that sell cannabis, the Executive Branch is analyzing some alternatives among which is going to market it in cash at the herbalists. While looking for an exit, a second pharmacy announced that it would stop selling the drug.

It is understood that the herbalists are smaller businesses that do not depend on the banks and when operating in cash they would not have problems. If this option is chosen, the instrumented system will be reversed for sale in pharmacies, at least temporarily. For this, it is thought to modify the regulatory decree of the law passed in Parliament in 2013.

The idea of ​​marketing cash only was handled yesterday by former President JoseMujica in an informal chat with journalists at the Legislative Palace. As he said, the formula “is novel because it gives an immediate response.”

The fund’s exit so that the legalization of the sale of marijuana can return to normal operations goes through the mission to be carried out at the beginning of September by the president of the Central Bank, Mario Bergara, to the United States. It is estimated that he will be accompanied by the secretary of the Presidency Miguel Angel Toma or the assistant secretary Juan Andres Roballo to Washington and New York to hold meetings with Federal Reserve authorities.

Mujica planned to travel to the United States but said he would not be part of the official delegation. He said that he intends to meet with linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky “to take some wines.”

The government already made contacts on this issue with the US and Canadian embassies on the progress of the system. For Mujica, the first days of operation were auspicious. “If there is something in the place that is regulated to the extreme of the impossible is this, the problem is that you have to prove it to the world,” he said. From your point of view, you can not delay an exit because “people do not have back and demoralize,” he said about pharmacies that market the drug.

Mujica stressed that the purpose of the law is not to promote the consumption of marijuana, but “to put the accent on the fight against drug trafficking (…) I was interested in trying to clarify to the people that this starts as a public security problem. I still worry about drug trafficking; I will never recommend it to people who smoke marijuana, “he said.

For the former president, “in the long run” the problems linked to the closure of bank accounts will have “a solution because they always have.” This same version was given yesterday to the sizeable front party by the president of the Cannabis Regulation and Control Institute (Ircca) Augusto Vitale, and the Secretary of the Drug Board Diego Olivera.

Sources that participated in the meeting assured El País that it was reaffirmed that the law “is more valid than ever” and “will not be modified.” There it was handled that “from the right one seeks to destroy the law.”

The deputies agreed that a “defense of Uruguayan sovereignty” is necessary and reaffirmed the need to seek solutions at an international level. Some deputies went so far as to suggest that marijuana could be sold in euros, to prevent the money from being sent to correspondent banks in the United States.

“I am concerned about the sovereignty of the country and that the interference is such that it ends up cutting off the possibility of selling a legal product,” Deputy Oscar Groba told El País (Espacio 609). In his opinion, the marijuana law “is well done” and has “fantastic results.” “People know what they consume, consume a product of good quality, and a product was taken from the gondola to the mouths of drug sales,” said the legislator.

The opposition questioned the alternatives handled by the Executive Power to deal with the closure of bank accounts to pharmacies. “The flexibility that the government proposes to resort to cash to buy cannabis is what many people ask for financial inclusion,” said nationalist senator Javier Garcia on Twitter. So he concluded that if solutions were found so that banks do not hinder “, there must also be for all Uruguayans who do not want mandatory banking.”

Pythagoras Pharmacy Sells Marijuana In A Neighborhood Plagued By Hard Drugs

The marijuana envelopes sold out in a matter of hours at the legal points of sale in Montevideo.

The sanctioning of cannabis has put the unobtrusive Pitagoras Pharmacy, of the Malvín Norte neighborhood, in a conspicuous place on the guide of Montevideo. The reason is straightforward: it is one of only a handful couple of four drug stores that have consented to offer legal weed developed ashore controlled by the Uruguayan State. Far from the chains that dominate the market, located in strategic areas, with huge windows displaying international brands, the Pythagoras pharmacy has small dimensions but is modern and well-stocked. These days his owner, Esteban Rivera, has more press than a rock star.

As in the rest of the Montevidean pharmacies, marijuana sachets flew yesterday, on the first day of their sale. Every foundation can have up to two kilos of the substance available for later, the likeness 400 envelopes. At twelve there was nothing left in the Pythagoras drug store.

Malvín Norte is a humble neighborhood, a neighbor of Malvín to dry, wealthy area and houses. The difference between one and another is Avenida Italia, which cuts the city in two depending on the proximity to the Rambla, the 23-kilometer promenade that runs through the town. The closer you get to the Rio de la Plata and its magnificent spectacle, the more expensive the area. The Pitágoras pharmacy is many streets away from that river (so full) that in Uruguay it is called the sea, but it is still the only pharmacy that sells marijuana in the high east zone of Montevideo, which includes the best neighborhoods in the capital.

A vendor from the Pitágoras Pharmacy explains that they have asked for more marijuana to stock up, but for now they have no news. Today there is a general transport strike due to a wage dispute with the government, and although it should not affect the supply, everything may be behind, says the employee. If the agencies in charge of the administration of the legal drug are as effective as the rest of the Uruguayan public services, they have for a while. The computer system was hung several times yesterday and fingerprint reader malfunctions: the device serves so that buyers, who must be registered in a register, can identify and access the four grams of envelopes available for sale.

And the fact is that you have to be in the market because outside is the competition, the so-called “mouths” of illegal drug sales, where the Paraguayan press is sold, which carries marijuana and a little of everything. In Malvín Norte they know what drugs are and their ravages, Uruguay is the safest country in Latin America, but in this area of ​​low houses, punctuated by some vast (and often ramshackle) building there have been murders and cruel adjustments of accounts because of drug trafficking.

The Paraguayan pressing, however wrong it may be, is a joke when compared to the base paste, a waste of the cocaine produced in Peru, Bolivia and Colombia that was introduced in early 2000 in Uruguay, causing havoc. It is the drug of the poor, sold in small packages, as if it were candy, at 30, 60 or 100 pesos a dose (from one to three dollars). The problem is that the base paste sticks strong and after a few minutes leaves the imperative need to get more.