MONTEVIDEO (AFP) – 
The number of people registering to buy newly legalized marijuana in Uruguay jumped by almost 50 percent in the first week of sales, according to official figures released Wednesday.
The small South American country is the first in the world to legalize pot from production to sale.
The drug is sold only to people who have officially registered with a licensed pharmacy, and with a monthly limit of 40 grams.
The Institute for the Regulation and Control of Cannabis (IRCCA) said the number of registered applicants leapt from 4,959 last week to 7,343 this week, a 48 percent increase.
The spike in demand meant that the 16 pharmacies that have enrolled in the groundbreaking scheme have been forced to restock several times since sales began on …
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