Chile aims to follow current trends, with plans to remove marijuana from its list of hard drugs. Although it hasn’t officially been announced, the Associated Press obtained a copy of the document early.
The sale, ownership, cultivation, and transportation of the drug remain illegal – penalties for such crimes can carry a prison sentence of anywhere from 5 to 10 years. However, the document also entails plans to allow for the sale of medicines that contain cannabis derivatives in them.
Chile’s government has been loosening its restrictions on marijuana for some time; in 2014 they launched a pilot program to grow the country’s first medical marijuana, hoping to relieve the pain of cancer sufferers.
Following this announcement, it is expected that congress could begin debating a more widespread legalization of the drug in some form. Debate will begin when congress returns to session next year.
We’ll continue to update this story as it evolves.
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