Enrique Curbelo is delighted. Selling cannabis has allowed the affable 76-year-old to keep his privately owned pharmacy in Montevideo open in a market dominated by big chains.
“I had to sell what they didn’t sell,” he told AFP. “For me it’s like selling aspirin.”
It’s been this way for a year now.
Every Wednesday, Ismael Fernandez receives a WhatsApp message from his local pharmacist telling him a new stock of cannabis has arrived.
After leaving work, he heads there and buys the 10 grams that Uruguayan law permits, costing 400 pesos, around $13.
Fernandez then heads home and rolls a joint “to relax” with his partner Stefania Fabricio.
No longer do they need to surreptitiously contact a dealer and pay more for Paraguayan or Brazilian marijuana that’s been “pressed, mixed (and is) sometimes very bad and full of chemicals.”
“Now it’s much easier than when it started,” Fernandez, a 31-year-old who works for a cleaning company, told AFP.
It has been four and a half years since marijuana use…