Uruguay became the first country in the world to fully legalize marijuana nationwide with a 2013 law, but now the South American country is struggling to meet customers’ demand.
Legal pot officially went on sale in Uruguay last year, under regulations that cover everything from growing plants to purchase of the drug. Despite legalization, however, the country’s lawful market is still struggling to compete with illegal dealers.
“The demand is greater than our productive capacity,” Diego Olivera, the head of Uruguay’s National Drugs Council, told The Associated Press Wednesday. “We have to address that challenge.” Altogether, between the legal