Jaime Gutiérrez Alfaro

Uruguay Holds Fifth Cannabis Cup

Uruguay hosted its fifth Cannabis Cup last weekend, with cultivator Guillermo Amandola winning best outdoor self-grown, and Eduardo Bandrea placing first in the self-grown indoor competition, the Associated Press reports.

Winners were chosen by a panel of regional experts and were selected based on aroma, flavor, strength and effects.

The event was held in the country’s capital, Montevideo, at a private building. During the event, vendors sold food and paraphernalia, and live, music was played. Alcohol was banned but all competitors were given samples of competing strains.

The country legalized marijuana cultivation and sale in 2013; the first legal crops were harvested by International Cannabis Corp and SIMbiosys last month. However some pharmacists, who were tabbed by the government to sell the drug, are opting out of the program. Just 50 of the 1,200 pharmacies in the country have registered with the government to sell the drug.

While the competition is not the first since legalization, it is the first Cannabis Cup to be held in Uruguay since regulators started rolling out the program this year.

In the U.S., two Cannabis Cups are scheduled for the summer — the So-Cal: Concentrates Cup in Venice Beach this weekend, and another cup is scheduled for Aug. 26-28 in Clio, Michigan.

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