Chile president: Marijuana no longer on 'hard drug' list
By Associated Press
Published: Dec 4, 2015
FILE - This Feb. 1, 2011 file photo shows medical marijuana clone plants at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif.
( AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has signed a decree that removes marijuana from the country's list of hard drugs.
The decree also authorizes the sale of cannabis-derived medicines at pharmacies.
The document hasn't been published officially, but a copy was obtained Friday by The Associated Press.
Planting, selling and transporting marijuana remains illegal in Chile and carries prison terms of 5-10 years. But Congress is expected to soon debate wider changes to Chile's drug law.
Chile is joining an international trend of easing restrictions on marijuana for medical or personal use.
A Chilean municipality began planting the country's first legal medical marijuana in October 2014 as part of a government-approved pilot program aimed at helping ease the pain endured by cancer patients.
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