Cannabis tourism: Uruguay's new move to attract tourists

Uruguay insists once again on the so-called cannabis tourism to attract a greater number of foreigners, not only from the borders. This project has been gaining strength since the legal use of marijuana was definitively implemented in the country, but the pandemic put a radical brake on it.

With a view to the next opening of borders for the first day of November, those who want to enter the Uruguayan country will be able to do so as long as they prove the complete vaccination schedule against the coronavirus. Cannabis tourism, assured the secretary general of the National Drug Board Daniel Radío, could obtain the rapid approval of the highest Uruguayan authority.

He remarked that it is not intended to leave the neighboring country as “promoters” of cannabis use, but to attract that interested public but giving a legal framework to the visits. Also, this tool would be used to combat the black market, which is still strong on a social and economic level.

With the arrival of tourists, the monetary income to the Uruguayan industry could be considerably increased, beyond the travelers arriving from Argentina and Brazil. It is worth clarifying that the citizens commanded by Lacalle Pu are currently allowed to acquire 40 grams of marijuana in authorized centers, as long as they are part of the national consumer registry.

Everything indicates that the project is on the right track, although it is ruled out that it can be applied in the next tourist season. The extra income that can be obtained, would go to different rehabilitation centers and assistance to people who are under treatment.

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