The first nation in the world to legalize all uses of marijuana is attempting to sway businesses away from illegal sellers and boost the cannabis industry by allowing foreign buyers to buy pot.
The administration of Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou could release its plan as soon as this year in an attempt to build the political consensus and support, said Daniel Radio, secretary general of the National Drugs Board. The aim isn’t to promote Uruguay as a destination for cannabis tourism, but rather to steer tourists away from the black market and into the market that is regulated as per Deputy Tourism Minister Remo Monzeglio.
Tourists could have access to legal cannabis in the country of 3.5million people. In the summer months in the southern hemisphere (December through February), millions of Brazilians and Argentines visit the country’s beaches. But the pandemic eroded the numbers of tourists as Uruguay severely limited foreign visits. Uruguay plans to open its borders to all fully vaccinated foreigners from November. 1.
“It appears to me that if we can come with a viable proposal,” Uruguay could open its pot market that is regulated to tourists, Radio said in an interview. It’s unlikely to happen for the upcoming tourism season. However I wouldn’t rule it out it.
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