December 22, 2013

Legal Pot in Uruguay: Great for Drug Lords

Roberto Ferdman, Quartz

The Associated Press

When Uruguay starts selling state-grown marijuana next year, the stuff is going to be cheap—the government, the only entity which will be allowed to sell marijuana, plans to charge only $1 a gram. That compares to an average street price of roughly $20 in the US. + But that might not actually be cheap enough. + Drug lords in neighboring Paraguay, one of the region’s largest producers of marijuana, (pdf) and heavy contributors to South America’s budding underground drug trade, may be capable of producing and selling it for a lot less.

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TAGGED: Pot, Weed, Marijuana, South America, Uruguay, Paraguay

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