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Uruguay Registered Cannabis Buyers Exceed 11,500

The number of registered recreational cannabis purchasers in Uruguay has topped 11,500 and four more pharmacies have begun the application process to sell the two adult-use cannabis varieties known as Alfa I and Beta I, according to the Instituto de Regulación y Control de Cannabis, the regulatory agency overseeing Uruguay’s legal cannabis market.

“The number of registered users as purchasers to access the psychoactive cannabis of non-medical use in pharmacies doubled, amounting today to 11,508 qualified,” the IRCCA wrote in a statement. “New requests for adhesion of pharmacies to the system are being processed, so that the number of access points in different parts of the country will increase progressively.”

According to a press release from International Cannabis Corp., at least 10 other pharmacies are interested in selling cannabis. ICC has so far distributed more than 141 pounds to participating pharmacies, which translates to 12,800 5 gram packages of the Alfa and Beta products. Buyers 18-and-older registered with the state can purchase up to 40 grams per month.

ICC is one of two licensed producers in the state, along with Symbiosis.

Alejandro Antalich, ICC CEO, said the company is “very pleased” at the market’s growth thus far, which has required the company to increase its cannabis production space by 21,500 square feet.

“ICC has quickly transitioned from being a development stage company, to becoming a fully licensed and approved recreational and medical cannabis producer in Uruguay,” he said in a statement.

The company expects to produce more than 11,000 pounds over 12 months.

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