Uruguay will become the world’s first country to allow recreational marijuana to be sold in pharmacies starting in July, the president’s office said Thursday.
The move is the last step in implementing a revolutionary law that the South American country adopted in 2013 that fully legalized the production, sale and consumption of marijuana.
The most innovative—and controversial—aspect of the law, pharmacy sales, had been on hold, with no clear timeline for when it would begin.
But President Tabare Vazquez’s administration put an end to the uncertainty at a news conference.
“Cannabis will be dispensed in pharmacies starting in the month of July,” said presidential aide Juan Andres Roballo, the head of the National Drugs Council.
“Sometime in the first two weeks of July,” he added when asked by reporters.
Under the law, buyers must sign up for a national registry of marijuana users to ensure they have fulfilled licensing procedures and do not exceed the monthly maximum purchase of 40 grams (1.4 ounces).