The ambassador of Canada in Uruguay, Joanne Frappier, told Efe that now that her country became the second in the world to legalize the recreational use of cannabis, after Uruguay (2013), both nations will be able to "work together".
"Canada and Uruguay are going to have opportunities to walk together, work on the international scene and follow their Public Health objectives," the diplomat said after the presentation of the Chamber of Medical Cannabis Companies of Uruguay (Cecam).
In this sense, Frappier pointed out that time will tell how cannabis-related trade will develop between the two nations and that there will surely be an exchange of investors between the two.
"What is very interesting is the way that two countries in two completely different parts of the world, with a very different culture, but very similar values of society can walk together to see how to ensure public health and fight against drug traffickers," he added. politics.
In that sense, the presidential assistant secretary, Juan Andrés Roballo, stressed that Uruguay "provided" Canada with "technical assistance on the experience, discussion, sanction and implementation" of Uruguayan cannabis regulations.
"The rules, although they have differences, have points of contact and at the same time there has been a process of joint work by investors of both nationalities and common projects," he said.
Finally, Roballo highlighted the possibility of developing ventures among nations and exemplified his idea with the industrial use of hemp and the medicinal use of cannabis.
Uruguay was the first country to legalize marijuana in 2013 and in July 2017 legal sale began for recreational use in pharmacies.
At midnight yesterday, Canada became the first industrialized country and the second in the world to legalize the recreational use of cannabis.