MONTEVIDEO – The government is analyzing several different kinds of marijuana to select the ones to be sold in pharmacies under Uruguay’s pot-decriminalization program, the chairman of the National Drugs Board said.
“What the government is doing is to guarantee ... the quality of cannabis because the product that reaches people who decide to consume it must have a certain quality and amounts of components,” Juan Andres Roballo told reporters.
He said the Institute for Cannabis Regulation and Control and the National Seed Institute are the agencies measuring the percentage of THC – the principal psychoactive ingredient in marijuana – and overall quality of several types of seeds “to minimize harm.”
Newsweekly Busqueda reported that the government is cultivating six varieties of marijuana from Spain with plans to select three for sale in pharmacies.
“Several varieties are being tested,” Roballo said. “It’s a process started some time ago and is already virtually complete. From there the next step is to acquire the seeds and soon the planting will start.”
Uruguay passed a law in December 2013 decriminalizing the production, sale and purchase of marijuana. The measure was sponsored by the administration of then-President Jose Mujica as a way of eliminating the illegal drug trade.
Last month, two companies were awarded contracts to cultivate cannabis.