Uruguay’s Elite Marijuana Clubs

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Joaquin Fonseca, president of the Club Canabico Sativa, left center, and Juan Vaz, a technical adviser, pose in a temperature-controlled room overflowing with with flowering marijuana plants. Joining their club requires a $400 enrollment charge and monthly fees.
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At the Manga Rosa Social Club in Montevideo, Uruguay, marijuana buds hang to dry against a map of the city of Montevideo. Marijuana clubs produce and distribute amongst their members since pot became legal in Uruguay in 2013. Clubs can have between 15 and 45 members and grow up to 99 marijuana plants with flowers.
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Joaquin Fonseca, president of the Club Canabico Sativa, left center, and Juan Vaz, a technical adviser, pose in a temperature-controlled room overflowing with with flowering marijuana plants. Joining their club requires a $400 enrollment charge and monthly fees.
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Laura Blanco, trims a marijuana plant in a greenhouse at the Club Canabico Sativa, a marijuana club in Montevideo, Uruguay. The club has dehumidifiers, fans, air conditioning units and carbon filters, all to nurture every step of the plants’ development.
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A 10-gram bag of the Amnesia marijuana variety ready for distribution at the Club Canabico Sativa, a marijuana club in Montevideo, Uruguay. Uruguay’s Congress legalized the drug in 2013, and over the last year has steadily implemented various aspects of the law.
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Alvaro Calistro, president of the Manga Rosa Social Club, smokes a joint in his living room in Montevideo, Uruguay.
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A man, left, lights a marijuana joint in Montevideo, Uruguay. Uruguay’s Congress legalized the drug in 2013, and over the last year has steadily implemented various aspects of the law.
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Laura Blanco trims a marijuana plant inside a greenhouse on the roof of the Club Canabico Sativa, a marijuana club in Montevideo, Uruguay. Joaquin Fonseca, president of Canabico Sativa, said after each harvest members vote on which plant produced the best buds.
9/13
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Marijuana buds hang from a line at the Club Canabico Sativa, a marijuana club in Montevideo, Uruguay.
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Martin, a member of the Manga Rosa Social Club, a marijuana club, smokes a joint in the garden where marijuana plants are cultivated in Montevideo, Uruguay. The clubs, which are sprouting up around Montevideo, are essentially giant greenhouses where members can grow plants to their liking and, of course, smoke a joint or two to test a harvest.
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Joaquin Fonseca, right, president of the Club Canabico Sativa, fills a receipt and receives payment from a member of the club in Montevideo, Uruguay.
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A flowering marijuana plant is seen under a clothesline in the garden of the Manga Rosa Social Club, a marijuana club with 15 members in Montevideo, Uruguay. Under the new regulations it’s illegal to be a club member and home grower at the same time or join more than one club.
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A tire is used as a vessel for growing plants, including marijuana, in the Manga Rosa Social Club garden, in Montevideo, Uruguay. While the new law has brought many marijuana smokers out in the open, the clubs do have several strict regulations.
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