Weed is now legal in an entire country for the first time

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Uruguay has made history by becoming the first country to approve recreational marijuana sales nationwide.

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Legal pot sales began Wednesday at 16 pharmacies across Uruguay. After years of debating regulations, the system is finally up and running. There is a national registry required to purchase marijuana legally.

There are semi strict regulations for customers in Uruguay.

Officials said about 70% of people who had registered to buy marijuana from pharmacies where men, majority aged between 30 and 44.

According to Hetzer, the Uruguayan model allows four forms of access to marijuana: medical marijuana through the Ministry of Public Health; domestic cultivation of up to six plants per household; membership clubs where up to 45 members can collectively produce up to 99 plants; and licensed sale in pharmacies to adult residents. 5-gram packages are the only products for sale now at $6.50 a piece. "It's important for each jurisdiction to tailor marijuana regulation to their local needs and contexts, providing the world with different models to learn from". Uruguay is offering two different strains, dubbed Alpha 1 and Beta 1.

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Two private companies will oversee the harvesting of cannabis sold in pharmacies and receive about 90 cents of every gram purchased. It is unclear what the distinctions mean and whether or not they are differentiating between Indica and Sativa strains.

So far 4,959 people have signed up; government figures show that most are aged 30 to 44. Sales to minors, driving under the influence of marijuana, and all forms of advertising are prohibited.

Pinatares said he has smoked marijuana since age 14 and is grateful not to have to buy on the black market any more.

Uruguay's initial campaign to legalize weed back in 2012 helped inspire successful legalization measures in Colorado and Washington that year.

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