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Marijuana Grown in Uruguay Only Enough for 25% of Consumers

By: Ysol Delgado - Nov 16, 2016, 5:15 pm
55.200 declared themselves regular consumers (Posta).
55.200 declared themselves regular consumers (Posta).
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Marijuana grown in Uruguay only enough for 25% of consumers. The Monitoring Cannabis team of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of the Republic estimated that only 25% of regular consumers will be able to access legal marijuana from Uruguay.

By October 2016, 5,332 farmers were registered in the regulatory framework program, as required by law. Additionally there are 22 buyers’ clubs registered in the Institute of Regulation and Control of Cannabis. Each club is allowed to have a maximum of 45 affiliates..

There are also two licenses granted to producers which authorizes them to sell in pharmacies, each of which has a cap of two tons per year.

At the seminar of Evaluation and Monitoring of cannabis regulation, two important scenarios were presented that helped to reach the aforementioned percentage. They were based on the amount of marijuana consumed annually by those who used it habitually, versus the three types that the law allows for recreational, pharmacy, club and self-cultivation.

The Continuous Household Survey indicates that 55,200 people declared themselves habitual consumers, smoking more than once a week. This would be 80% of the market.

A member of the research team, Martín Collazo said that the average marijuana consumed by one person per day is 1.7 grams.

For the 5,300 self-cultivators, each has an annual output of 480 grams. This gives a total of 2500 kilos. Additionally, the 22 kilos per cannabis club and the four tons of producers that will sell to the pharmacies are added.
This means that it would only be enough for 13,822 regular consumers, that is, 25% of the total.

In spite of this, El Observador points out that this figure can increase, as long as they take into account that self-cultivators can provide a supply for multiple consumers. Currently experts speculate that around 60% of marijuana consumed in Uruguay comes from Paraguay.

Source: El Observador 

Ysol Delgado Ysol Delgado

Ysol Delgado is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post from Mexico City. She specializes in public relations, digital marketing, and investigative journalism. Follow her on Twitter: @Ysolita.

Ruling Party in Nicaragua Offers Little Transparency Regarding Campaign

By: Karina Martín - Nov 16, 2016, 3:37 pm
"I honestly do not have the information in hand, it would be great to ask the party authorities, I have no opinion on the matter" (la prensa)

Español Ruling party in Nicaragua offers little transparency regarding campaign. The president of the Economic Commission, Walmaro Gutierrez, did not report on the spending for the electoral campaign of his party, the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN). Gutierrez said he did not have the information, and invited the press to consult the FSLN authorities. Read more: Nicaraguan Newspaper Decries Spying by Army, Ruling Party Read more: Is Venezuela's Maduro Looking to Nicaragua as a Model for Future Elections? "I honestly do not have that information at hand, it would be good to ask the party authorities, I have no opinion about it," he said. The FSLN's legal representative, Edwin Castro, did not attend the National Assembly plenary on Monday, November 14, so it was not possible to clarify doubts on this issue. The deputy Edwin Castro also did not answer his cell phone, but he is still expected to provide information with respect to the electoral campaign. The General budget of the Republic of Nicaragua is 633.1 million NIO, that is, USD $ 21.46 million, which must be reimbursed to the political parties for the expenditure of the 2016 election campaign, considered by the opposition to be a "farce", as they were totally excluded from the process. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); The Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) assigned 72.44% of the votes to the ruling FSLN left-wing party, which must obtain a reimbursement of 458.64 million NIO, equivalent to USD $ 15.54 million, on the amount the state budgeted The president of the Independent Liberal Party (PLI), Pedro Reyes, mentioned that it is estimated that the reimbursement that the CSE must make for the winning electoral campaign is about USD $ 1,000,000. "I think we have to repay more than a million dollars. I spent USD $380,000 in the first stage of the campaign, but we will see how much the others spent, "he said. Source: La Prensa.

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