Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed a decree to remove cannabis from the country’s official list of dangerous drugs.
The pivotal move “comes after years of legal limbo for Chilean cancer patients and other victims of illness and injury who couldn’t legally purchase the plant or it’s THC-laden products which are prescribed by doctors to relieve pain,” according to the Latin Times.
The order will allow “pharmaceutical products which contain cannabis, cannabis resin, extracts and colorants” to “be sold to the public in pharmacies or laboratories providing they have been submitted to tests,” the Latin Correspondent reports.
“Planting, selling and transporting cannabis” will remain illegal with penalties of up to 5-10 years in prison.
Despite that fact, “regional agriculture authority approved a 6,900-plant cannabis farm” to be grown by the Daya Foundation, who have “planted 20 strains of high-potency cannabis seeds” that will be harvested next April and “converted to cannabis oil and then distributed to an estimated 4,000 patients throughout Chile,” Buzzflash reports.
Chile’s cannabis laws recently made international news when a mother was restricted from being with her newborn baby because she used medial cannabis to alleviate pain in her arm.
Recent opinion polls in Chile show 50% of the population in favor of legalisation, with 45% against. Chile’s Congress is expected to debate wider changes to cannabis laws in the coming year.
Uruguay, Mexico, and Colombia have all recently reformed cannabis laws.
A recent documentary called Green Medicine: Chile’s Medical Cannabis Revolution, which follows the establishment of the Daya Foundation’s cannabis plantation, premiered at Expo Weed in Chile and will available to the public on December 15.
Watch the trailer: