These Uruguayans Are Ready to Grow Country’s First Legal Pot

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — These weed farmers are living the dream. Their government has just legalized their favorite bud, and these guys are eager beavers to grow the stuff.

The new law says Uruguayans can get high in three ways: legal residents 18 or older can cultivate up to six marijuana plants and harvest 480 grams per year; buy 40 grams per month in registered pharmacies at less that $1 per gram; or create a cannabis club with 15 to 45 members to grow up to 99 plants together.

GlobalPost wanted to learn more about the latter. Kamilia Lahrichi spent some time at Uruguay’s first legal pot club, the studiously named Cannabis Studies Association of Uruguay, and got to meet some of the country’s top legalization activists and aspiring growers. Here’s a selection of her photos from the visit.

14. Alvaroy Calistro shows the cannabis plants he has been growing for the past 20 years in his backyard

Alvaro Calistro with his prized possession. He co-founded a soon-to-be legal cannabis club and the Cannabis Growers Federation in Uruguay. (Kamilia Lahrichi – GlobalPost)

This photo story was published in Global Post on July 21, 2014. Click here.

It was republished in NBC News on July 23, 2014. Click here

 


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