In about a month, Uruguay’s revolutionary new cannabis law
will go into effect. In addition to allowing citizens to grow, buy and
sell weed, the government will also set forth on its mission to grow its own fields of marijuana
, which will then be harvested, taxed and sold in neighborhood pharmacies.
At least, that’s the theory.
But growing weed takes a while. Cultivating fields of it, figuring
out how to keep the fields safe from poachers, harvesting vast amounts
of cannabis, packaging it, taxing it, distributing it and selling it
take even longer.
Long story short: Uruguay’s government is not going to be producing
much of its own cannabis any time soon. So, where is the official stash
going to come from in the meantime?