Despite legalization, Uruguay pharmacies don't want to sell marijuana
Most of the country's pharmacists haven't signed on, citing security concerns and complaining of paperwork, cost increases or opposition from customers to selling legalized pot.
In this June 28, 2016 photo, an employee of the Erosa pharmacy shows a flyer that announces that in their pharmacy there is no marijuana for sale but they have alternate native herbs known for their medical effects, in downtown Montevideo, Uruguay. The government wants to start selling marijuana at pharmacies in the coming weeks, but so far only 50 out of 1,200 pharmacies are registered, stoking a debate over how the drug should be distributed. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
In this June 30, 2016 photo, a person smokes marijuana at the Asociacion de Estudios del Cannabis del Uruguay, in Montevideo, Uruguay. Uruguay legalized the cultivation and sale of marijuana in 2013, in a bid to create the world's first national, government-regulated marketplace for legal pot. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
In this June 23, 2016 photo, pharmacist Rossana Rilla works at her own drugstore in downtown Montevideo, Uruguay. In her 28 years as a pharmacist, she has been beaten, dragged across the floor and threatened by thieves at gunpoint and with a grenade. She fears that selling marijuana will only make her store a bigger target for thieves and burglaries by drug dealers. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
In this June 28, 2016 photo, the Erosa pharmacy displays a sign at the front door telling clients that they do not have marijuana for sale, but they sell other herbs known for their medical effects, in downtown Montevideo, Uruguay. The Uruguayan government is planning to sell marijuana at 50 pharmacies throughout the country, but so far only 50 out of 1,200 pharmacies are registered, stoking a debate over how the drug should be distributed. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
In this June 24, 2016 photo, pharmacist Mariana Etchessarry poses for a photo in her drugstore at El cerro neighborhood in Montevideo, Uruguay. Ã¢â¬ÅI don't have the security conditions to sell marijuana,Ã¢â¬Â said Etchessarry. Ã¢â¬ÅI don't understand why they can't sell it at police stations. They're located in every neighborhood and have 24-hour security.Ã¢â¬Â (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)