Legal pot sales begin in Uruguay under landmark 2013 law

FILE - In this July 16, 2016 file photo, a competitor looks at a marijuana bud through a magnifying glass at the fifth annual Cannabis Cup, a competition for best marijuana, in Montevideo, Uruguay. Legal sales of marijuana for recreational purposes are set to begin in Uruguay at a limited number of pharmacies, to nearly 5,000 people who have registered as consumers, the South American nation’s Cannabis Regulation and Control Institute said Friday, July 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Marijuana is going on sale at 16 pharmacies in Uruguay, the final step in applying a 2013 law that made the South American nation the first to legalize a pot market covering the entire chain from plants to purchase.

Authorities say nearly 5,000 people have registered as consumers allowing them to buy marijuana when sales start Wednesday. About two-thirds live in the capital, Montevideo.

The price is set at the equivalent of $1.30 per gram. Ninety cents of that goes to the two businesses chosen to cultivate the marijuana. The rest is split between pharmacies and the government, which will use its share to fund prevention programs.

Users can buy up to 40 grams a month.

The packing comes with a seal of authenticity and warnings about the drug's effects.

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