The Americas

Uruguay marijuana growers compete in Cannabis Cup

  • In this July 16, 2016 photo, a competitor looks at a marijuana bud through a magnifying glass at the fifth annual Cannabis Cup, a competition for best marijuana, in Montevideo, Uruguay. Over the weekend, a panel of regional experts judged entries for aroma, flavor, effects and strength before picking the winners of the best indoor and outdoor crops. The South American country is home to the world???s first government-regulated national marketplace for pot. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

    In this July 16, 2016 photo, a competitor looks at a marijuana bud through a magnifying glass at the fifth annual Cannabis Cup, a competition for best marijuana, in Montevideo, Uruguay. Over the weekend, a panel of regional experts judged entries for aroma, flavor, effects and strength before picking the winners of the best indoor and outdoor crops. The South American country is home to the world???s first government-regulated national marketplace for pot. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this July 16, 2016 photo, a competitor smokes a joint during the fifth annual Cannabis Cup, a competition for best marijuana, in Montevideo, Uruguay. At the tournament over the weekend, a panel of regional experts judged entries for aroma, flavor, effects and strength before picking the winners of the best indoor and outdoor crops. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

    In this July 16, 2016 photo, a competitor smokes a joint during the fifth annual Cannabis Cup, a competition for best marijuana, in Montevideo, Uruguay. At the tournament over the weekend, a panel of regional experts judged entries for aroma, flavor, effects and strength before picking the winners of the best indoor and outdoor crops. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this July 16, 2016 photo, trophy cups are displayed on a fireplace mantel during the fifth annual Cannabis Cup, a competition for best marijuana, in Montevideo, Uruguay. All the competitors received a jar with samples from others in the best marijuana tournament and were allowed to taste some of the finest pot in the South American country. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

    In this July 16, 2016 photo, trophy cups are displayed on a fireplace mantel during the fifth annual Cannabis Cup, a competition for best marijuana, in Montevideo, Uruguay. All the competitors received a jar with samples from others in the best marijuana tournament and were allowed to taste some of the finest pot in the South American country. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)  (The Associated Press)

Uruguay is home to the world's first government-regulated national marketplace for pot, so it's not surprising that growers have a competition for best marijuana.

At the Cannabis Cup over the weekend, a panel of regional experts judged entries for aroma, flavor, effects and strength before picking the winners of the best indoor and outdoor crops.

Silver cups were awarded to the winners, such as Guillermo Amandola, who won in the self-grown outdoor crop category.

All the competitors received a jar with samples from others in the tournament and were allowed to taste some of the finest pot in the South American country.

The contest was held in Montevideo at a private building where bands played rock music while competitors smoked joints and vendors sold food and marijuana paraphernalia. Alcohol was banned.

Uruguay legalized the cultivation and sale of marijuana in 2013 in an effort to fight rising homicide and crime rates associated with drug trafficking. The law allows the growing of pot by licensed individuals, the formation of growers and users clubs, and the sale by pharmacies of 40 grams of marijuana a month to registered users.

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