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.