Uruguay begins exporting medical marijuana, Germany is first EU client



Already the first country in the world to legalize recreational use of marijuana, Uruguay now aims to go further by becoming the first in Latin America to export it for medicinal purposes.

It’s taken a year to get to this point but in Nueva Helvecia — 120 kilometers west of the capital Montevideo — the first harvest is ready to be sent abroad.

Employees of the US company Fotmer — the only one currently licenced to export — are cutting and drying the plant before it is exported to Europe, Canada and Australia.

In taking this step, Uruguay is joining the ranks of medicinal marijuana exporters dominated by the United Kingdom, which according to United Nations data from 2016 had cornered more than two thirds of the market.

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