Chile Authorizes Second Cultivation of Medical Pot

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Chile Authorizes Second Cultivation of Medical Pot

Post by notsofasteddie » Tue 13th Jan 2015 12:02 am

Chile Authorizes Second Cultivation of Pot for Medicinal Purposes


SANTIAGO – The Chilean authorities have authorized the company Agrofuturo to carry out a project of cultivation and harvest of cannabis sativa for medicinal purposes, the second such initiative in Chile.

A statement from the Agricultural and Livestock Service said on Wednesday that the marijuana planting is being done under strict compliance with legal and regulatory provisions.

The agency explained that Agrofuturo will begin industrial production of medicinal cannabis and research applied to the production process for national and international markets, but the reproduction of plants or multiplication of seeds of the species of the genus cannabis will not be allowed.

The plants will be cultivated at the Agrofuturo facility in the city of Los Angeles, south of Santiago.

The company had acquired permission to start marijuana cultivation in 2011, but it was immediately revoked by the Public Health Institute, which rejected the use of the plant for the manufacture and marketing of products.

Under Chilean law, the consumption of marijuana is not prohibited but its sale and cultivation are illegal.

However, for some time the government has been open to the possibility of allowing its medicinal use in a more comprehensive manner and there have been several street demonstrations to promote legalization in Chile.

The first marijuana plantation project was approved last September, for medicinal and academic purposes.

The initiative was promoted jointly by the Daya Foundation and the municipality of La Florida in Santiago, for the use of cannabis oil in the treatment of patients with cancer.

This move made Chile the first to officially cultivate medical marijuana in Latin America.


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Post by notsofasteddie » Fri 10th Apr 2015 01:19 am

Chile harvests first marijuana plants in project to help ease the pain of cancer sufferers

The oil extracted from the plants will be given to 200 selected cancer sufferers

Jack Simpson
Thursday 09 April 2015

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Chile has harvested its first crop of medicinal marijuana as part of a pilot programme that is aimed to ease the pain of cancer sufferers.

Cameras were allowed in to see the first harvested marijuana plants being picked at the heavily guarded growing facility in the La Florida district of Chile’s capital Santiago.

The 850 cannabis seeds from the Netherlands, were first planted in October following a decision by Chilean health authorities to allow marijuana to be grown for medicinal purposes.

The pilot that is co-run by La Florida municipality and pain-relieving therapy charity the Daya Foundation, will see cannabis oil extracted from the plants and given to 200 selected cancer sufferers. Speaking to local media during the harvest, Daya's president, Ana Maria Gazmuri, said: “We're laying the foundations for what will be the national production of medical cannabis."

Cecilia Heyder, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 said the pilot scheme was a “huge achievement," adding, "I just wish all of Chile's municipalities could achieve this as well."

The planting, selling and transporting of marijuana is still illegal in Chile and can see offenders jailed for up to 15 years if caught.

The move by Chile follows a growing trend towards the softening of the laws against marijuana around the world.

In the US, over 20 states allow medicinal marijuana to be grown, while Colorado and Washington now permit the personal use of marijuana by its residents.

In December 2013, Uruguay became the first nation in the world to make it legal to grow, sell and consume marijuana. On Monday, a government health committee approved a bill that would remove marijuana from the list of hard drugs and make it more like alcohol or cigarettes.

The new law would allow Chileans to possess up to 10 grams of marijuana and prohibit smoking of the drug in public.


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