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These Uruguayans Are Ready to Grow Country's First Legal Pot

Uruguay's top legalization activists and aspiring growers are ready to start cultivating marijuana after the country made it legal to do so.
image: Martin wants to grow Uruguay's best weed at his Montevideo apartment
Martin wants to grow Uruguay's best weed at his Montevideo apartment.Kamilia Lahrichi / GlobalPost

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — These weed farmers are living the dream. Their government has just legalized their favorite bud, and these guys are eager beavers to grow the stuff.

The new law says Uruguayans can get high in three ways: legal residents 18 or older can cultivate up to six marijuana plants and harvest 480 grams per year; buy 40 grams per month in registered pharmacies at less that $1 per gram; or create a cannabis club with 15 to 45 members to grow up to 99 plants together.

GlobalPost wanted to learn more about the latter. Kamilia Lahrichi spent some time at Uruguay’s first legal pot club, the studiously named Cannabis Studies Association of Uruguay, and got to meet some of the country’s top legalization activists and aspiring growers. Here's a selection of her photos from the visit.

Alvaro Calistro with his prized possession. He co-founded a soon-to-be legal cannabis club and the Cannabis Growers Federation in Uruguay.Kamilia Lahrichi / GlobalPost
Grower of the future? Alvaro Calistro, holding his young son, shows off his indoor marijuana plants.Kamilia Lahrichi / GlobalPost
Alvaro CalistroKamilia Lahrichi / GlobalPost
Earlier this month, the association held a competition for best bud.Kamilia Lahrichi / GlobalPost
Martin wants to grow Uruguay's best weed at his Montevideo apartment.Kamilia Lahrichi / GlobalPost

This post originally published in GlobalPost.

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