Uruguay makes first commercial marijuana export shipment

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay has made its first commercial export shipment of marijuana since legalizing the drug in 2013, sending 10 kilograms of cannabis to Australia, where its medicinal use is lawful.

The Fotmer company made an earlier shipment to Germany, but officials say that consisted of samples rather than goods for market.

The government cited export earnings as one of its goal when it became the first country to create a national, regulated legal marijuana industry.