Marijuana sales should start in the second half of 2014 at a price of about $1 a gram, drug chief Julio Calzada told Uruguay’s El País, on Sunday – an eighth or less of what it costs at legal medical dispensaries in some US states.
Calzada said one gram would be enough “for one marijuana cigarette or two or three slimmer cigarettes”.
He said the idea was not to make money but to fight petty crime and wrench the market away from illegal dealers.
“The illegal market is very risky and of poor quality,” he said. The state was going to offer “a safe place to buy a quality product and on top of that, it’s going to sell it at the same price”.
Smoking pot has long been legal in Uruguay, but growing, carrying, buying or selling it has been punishable by prison terms.
In the US, the states of Washington and Colorado have legalised marijuana and adopted rules governing its sale. Unlike Uruguay, they will tax marijuana, seeing it as a revenue source, when it goes on legal sale next year.
In Washington, the state marijuana consultant has projected legal pot might cost $13-$17 a gram. Marijuana in the medical dispensaries typically ranges from $8-$14 a gram in Washington depending on quality.
(via The Guardian)