In September 2014, the Chilean Government announced plans to establish the first marijuana cultivation site to be dedicated to studying medical benefits of the plant. By the end of October, after many patients lobbied for access, the government approved that medical cannabis plants be cultivated for 200 Chilean patients. This was the first project of it’s kind in South America.
Now, the government of Chile has approved a second medical marijuana farming project. However, this time is different. This project aims to establish an industrial production process and research facility to hopefully establish a national and international sales and production market.
The company awarded approval for this project is called Agrofuturo. According to the Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) of Chile, the cultivation project will be set up in Los Ángeles, more than 300 miles south of the first approved cultivation site. Jaime Peña, regional director of the SAG told Bio Bio Chile, the these cultivation centers will operate under strict regulations. Each facility will be fenced and have 24-hour surveillance and security. Agrofuturo is not permitted to reproduce or clone any of the plants or seeds that will be provided for this grow operation.
The Congress of Chile will reportedly also hear 2 different bills to allow for the production and sale of medical marijuana. Currently, cannabis consumption is not illegal in the South American country, but growing and selling the plant is.
While the Chilean President, Michelle Bachelet (pictured below), reported that Chile is not ready to pass any such legalization legislation at this time, she did establish a technical committee to analyze drug reform legislation. She will wait to hear from that advisory committee before making any changes to the law.