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!
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