Over 100 desperate Chilean mothers started a support group called Mama Cultiva, or Mama Grows, to share information about medical marijuana in the treatment of epileptic children. The group of mothers host covert meetings to learn about the cultivation of marijuana as well as the extraction of the CBD known to treat epileptic conditions.
Though consumption of this life-saving medicine is permitted, the cultivation still remains highly illegal and carries up to a 15 year prison sentence. This hasn’t stopped this small group of Chilean mothers from taking actions to save their kids.
Paulina Bobadilla is just one of the many mothers who fights daily with the reality of severe epileptic conditions. Paulina told the Associated Press that her child was in such severe pain that she would tear out her own fingernails.
Another mother, Gabriela Reyes, is an active member of the group with a seven-month-old who was experiencing up to 300 seizures per day. After Gabriela began treating her infant with the extracted cannabis oil (with a few drops on the pacifier) the number of seizures dropped to just 12 per day.
The members of the group can undoubtedly relate in their sense of despair, and justly pay no attention to Chile’s cannabis laws. There are currently 15,000 children in Chile that could benefit from the still illegal cannabis oil.
In September, Chile’s government began planting 750 medical marijuana plants for use in medical research. Mama Cultiva was not permitted into the program due to their focus on children, a verdict that is somewhat counterintuitive.
Still, there remains hope for Chileans as the government tiptoes in to marijuana research and unwavering parents stand up for their ailing children.
Marijuana reform is sweeping across South America. Even before Uruguay legalized recreational marijuana, momentum to legalize medical marijuana in the region was growing. Chile recently announced that it has approved it’s first medical marijuana farm to grow marijuana for research. Per Latino Fox News:
Times are changing in South America quickly when it comes to marijuana. Following Uruguay’s recent move towards legalization, Chile has announced plans to start growing medical marijuana for research purposes. There have been several reports of the recreational legalization drastically hurting the bottom lines of cartels, furthered legislation in cartel homelands could only help this one would think.
From Fox News Latino:
The governor of Metropolitan Santiago, Claudio Orrego, announced on Monday the approval by Chilean authorities of the first farm in this capital to grow marijuana for medicinal and research purposes.
The initiative, presented on May 23 before the Agricultural and Livestock Service, or SAG, is being sponsored jointly by the Daya Foundation and the Santiago municipality of La Florida to produce cannabis oil for use in the treatment of cancer patients.
Having marijuana recognized as a legitimate and permitted form of medicine is crucial for future legislation in emerging markets. It’s exciting to see the Chilean government is moving quickly on the topic, passing the initiative less than four months after it was initially presented.
This is, without a doubt, a historic milestone. We’re starting to build a road toward alleviating the suffering of many people, we’re starting to build a friendlier society,” emphasized Daya Foundation president Ana Maria Gazmuri upon learning the news.
Current marijuana laws in Chile are rather confusing. While it’s not illegal to consume marijuana, it is illegal to cultivate or sale it. It’s a great day for Chile!
photo credit: Thomas Huston