December 6, 2013
Uruguay: marijuana price will vary
Official from legalization programme says country will compete with black market
MONTEVIDEO — As part of the legalization of marijuana use in Uruguay, the price of one gramme of the drug was set at a dollar yesterday, although the price will vary according to the laws of supply and demand and distributors, said the general secretary of the National Council on Drugs, Julio Calzada.
“We set the price at a dollar because the price of a gramme on the black market today is one dollar. If in June, August or September 2014, when the system starts working and marijuana is one, five or two (dollars), we are going to sell it for one, five or two (dollars). And if it is 75 or 50 cents, it is going out for 75 or 50 cents, because our main objective is the fight against drug trafficking,” Calzada said in a conversation. “If we we went out with a price above that of the black market, we would not be discouraging (marijuana use). And if we went out with a lower price than the black market, we would stimulate consumption.”